Foundations of Mathematics and Literacy: The role of executive functioning components – Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Highlights Prior research connecting EF and academic skills generally used broad measures. Response inhibition is related to most math skills and only print for literacy skills. Cognitive flexibility is related to more conceptual mathematics and literacy skills. Working memory is related to more advanced mathematics and literacy skills. Results provide a foundation for future investigations … [Read More] Foundations of Mathematics and Literacy: The role of executive functioning components – Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Maternal Support of Children’s Early Numerical Concept Learning Predicts Preschool and First-Grade Math Achievement – Child Development

ABSTRACT The primary goal in this study was to examine maternal support of numerical concepts at 36 months as predictors of math achievement at 4½ and 6-7 years. Observational measures of mother–child interactions (n = 140) were used to examine type of support for numerical concepts. Maternal support that involved labeling the quantities of sets of objects was … [Read More] Maternal Support of Children’s Early Numerical Concept Learning Predicts Preschool and First-Grade Math Achievement – Child Development

Choice-driven Peer play, Self-regulation and Number Sense – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

ABSTRACT Peer play provides ample opportunities for the use and development of self-regulatory and mathematical skills. This study aimed at examining whether children’s engagement in solitary low-level play, interactive play and competent play influences their self-regulatory and number sense skills. The effect of demographic variables and children’s social skills on these skills was also investigated. … [Read More] Choice-driven Peer play, Self-regulation and Number Sense – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

New issue: Early Childhood Research Quarterly – Science Direct

A selection of articles from the Early Childhood Research Quarterly Volume 37 (4th Quarter 2016) Huntsinger, C. S., P. E. Jose, et al. “Parental facilitation of early mathematics and reading skills and knowledge through encouragement of home-based activities.” Early Childhood Research Quarterly 37: 1-15. Early experiences with mathematics and reading are important to the future academic success … [Read More] New issue: Early Childhood Research Quarterly – Science Direct

Specific Early Number Skills Mediate the Association Between Executive Functioning Skills and Mathematics Achievement – Developmental Psychology

ABSTRACT A growing literature reports significant associations between children’s executive functioning skills and their mathematics achievement. The purpose of this study was to examine if specific early number skills, such as quantity discrimination, number line estimation, number sets identification, fast counting, and number word comprehension, mediate this association. In 141 kindergarteners, cross-sectional analyses controlling for … [Read More] Specific Early Number Skills Mediate the Association Between Executive Functioning Skills and Mathematics Achievement – Developmental Psychology

Emotion Regulation & Young Children Educational Achievement – A selection of articles

Current Psychopathological Symptoms in Children and Adolescents Who Suffered Different Forms of Maltreatment [HTML]  / P De Rose, F Salvaguardia, P Bergonzini, F Cirillo… – The Scientific World Journal, 2016 — … Maltreated children may also exhibit deficits on emotion regulation, attachment organization, autonomous self … A. Bissada et al., “The Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC): reliability and … [Read More] Emotion Regulation & Young Children Educational Achievement – A selection of articles

Mathematics and Language: Individual and group differences in mathematical language skills in young children – Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Highlights Mathematical language is an understudied aspect of early numeracy development. Mathematical language accounts for significant variance in numeracy performance. Mathematical language is more proximal to numeracy skills than is general language. Parental education levels were related to children’s mathematical language. Development of mathematical language begins early—likely even before 3 years of age. ABSTRACT The … [Read More] Mathematics and Language: Individual and group differences in mathematical language skills in young children – Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Predicting Children’s Reading and Mathematics Achievement from Early Quantitative Knowledge and Domain-general Cognitive Abilities – Frontiers in Psychology

ABSTRACT One hundred children (44 boys) participated in a 3-year longitudinal study of the development of basic quantitative competencies and the relation between these competencies and later mathematics and reading achievement. The children’s preliteracy knowledge, intelligence, executive functions, and parental educational background were also assessed. The quantitative tasks assessed a broad range of symbolic and … [Read More] Predicting Children’s Reading and Mathematics Achievement from Early Quantitative Knowledge and Domain-general Cognitive Abilities – Frontiers in Psychology

Math self-concept in preschool children: Structure, achievement relations, and generalizability across gender – Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Highlights Preschoolers separate between competence and affect facets of math self-concept. Early math achievement relates to math competence self-concept. Early math achievement is not related to math affect self-concept. No gender differences in self-concept–achievement relations. Similar mean levels in math competence and affect self-concepts for boys and girls. ABSTRACT This three-wave, longitudinal study explored the … [Read More] Math self-concept in preschool children: Structure, achievement relations, and generalizability across gender – Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Behavior and Neuroimaging at Baseline Predict Individual Response to Combined Mathematical and Working Memory Training in Children – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

ABSTRACT Mathematical performance is highly correlated with several general cognitive abilities, including working memory (WM) capacity. Here we investigated the effect of numerical training using a number-line (NLT), WM training (WMT), or the combination of the two on a composite score of mathematical ability. The aim was to investigate if the combination contributed to the … [Read More] Behavior and Neuroimaging at Baseline Predict Individual Response to Combined Mathematical and Working Memory Training in Children – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Deconstructing maths anxiety: Helping students to develop a positive attitude towards learning maths – Australian Council for Educational Research

ABSTRACT Higher maths ability is often believed to go hand-in-hand with greater levels of general intelligence. At the same time, many students have a negative attitude towards maths. Maths anxiety is defined in the research literature as feelings of concern, tension or nervousness that are experienced in combination with maths. In 2005, researchers in the … [Read More] Deconstructing maths anxiety: Helping students to develop a positive attitude towards learning maths – Australian Council for Educational Research

Counting On It : Early numeracy development and the preschool child – Australian Council for Educational Research

ABSTRACT Children think mathematically long before they start school. Before children start learning mathematics at school, they show informal understanding of many numeracy concepts. This is informal numeracy knowledge, that is, skills that children develop before starting school that do not depend on written mathematical notation (Purpura & Napoli, 2015). For example, children’s numeracy knowledge … [Read More] Counting On It : Early numeracy development and the preschool child – Australian Council for Educational Research

Maternal math talk in the home and math skills in preschool children – Early Education and Development

ABSTRACT The current study analyzed the relation between the amount of mathematical input that preschool children hear (i.e., math talk) from their mothers in their homes and their early math ability a year later. Forty mother-child dyads recorded their naturalistic exchanges in their homes using an enhanced audio-recording device (the Language ENvironment Analysis System). Results … [Read More] Maternal math talk in the home and math skills in preschool children – Early Education and Development

Understanding and Addressing Mathematics Anxiety Using Perspectives from Education, Psychology and Neuroscience – Australian Journal of Education

ABSTRACT Mathematics anxiety is a significant barrier to mathematical learning. In this article, we propose that state or on-task mathematics anxiety impacts on performance, while trait mathematics anxiety leads to the avoidance of courses and careers involving mathematics. We also demonstrate that integrating perspectives from education, psychology and neuroscience contributes to a greater understanding of … [Read More] Understanding and Addressing Mathematics Anxiety Using Perspectives from Education, Psychology and Neuroscience – Australian Journal of Education

Kindergartners’ Spontaneous Focusing on Numerosity in Relation to their Number-related Utterances During Numerical Picture Book reading – Mathematical Thinking and Learning

ABSTRACT This study investigated the relationship between kindergartners’ Spontaneous Focusing on Numerosity (SFON) and their number-related utterances during numerical picture book reading. Forty-eight 4- to 5-year-olds were individually interviewed via a SFON Imitation Task and a numerical picture book reading activity. We expected differences in the frequency of number-related utterances during picture book reading between … [Read More] Kindergartners’ Spontaneous Focusing on Numerosity in Relation to their Number-related Utterances During Numerical Picture Book reading – Mathematical Thinking and Learning

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