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

How Effectively does the Full-day, Play-based Kindergarten Programme in Ontario Promote Self-regulation, Literacy, and Numeracy? – Early Child Development And Care

ABSTRACT This study investigated the effectiveness of the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten (FDELK) programme, which integrates play-based learning and team teaching, in promoting 32,027 kindergarteners’ self-regulation (SR), literacy, and numeracy outcomes. Outcome measures derived from teacher reports of students’ school readiness in the Early Development Instrument were analysed in separate hierarchical regression analyses that controlled … [Read More] How Effectively does the Full-day, Play-based Kindergarten Programme in Ontario Promote Self-regulation, Literacy, and Numeracy? – Early Child Development And Care

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

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

The role of real-life mathematics instruction on mathematics outcomes in kindergarten – British Educational Research Journal

ABSTRACT In an era of a declining quality and quantity of students entering and persisting in mathematics in the USA, researchers and policy makers are looking for new strategies to engage students in these fields and improve mathematics outcomes. One push has been to make mathematics instruction more relevant with real-world applications throughout the K-12 … [Read More] The role of real-life mathematics instruction on mathematics outcomes in kindergarten – British Educational Research Journal

‘Infinity means it goes on forever’: Siblings’ informal teaching of mathematics – Infant and Child Development

ABSTRACT Sibling-directed teaching of mathematical topics during naturalistic home interactions was investigated in 39 middle-class sibling dyads at two time points. At time 1 (T1), siblings were 2 and 4 years of age, and at time 2 (T2), siblings were 4 and 6 years of age. Intentional sequences of sibling-directed mathematical teaching were coded for … [Read More] ‘Infinity means it goes on forever’: Siblings’ informal teaching of mathematics – Infant and Child Development

Concurrent and longitudinal predictors of calculation skills in preschoolers – European Journal of Psychology of Education

ABSTRACT Early calculation abilities in preschoolers are predictive of mathematics achievement in subsequent grades (e.g., Jordan et al. 2009). Two studies were conducted to evaluate concurrent and longitudinal predictors of early calculation skills. In the first study, 102 preschoolers (57.8 % female; mean age=60.57+/-8.66 months) were given vocabulary, language comprehension, and verbal working memory tasks … [Read More] Concurrent and longitudinal predictors of calculation skills in preschoolers – European Journal of Psychology of Education

How Students from Non-English-speaking Backgrounds Learn to Read and Write in Different Ways – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Sally Baker, Research Associate, Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, University of Newcastle and Georgina Ramsay Assistant researcher, University of Newcastle ­ Educational experience of refugees in Australia We know that the majority of refugees who are resettled in Australia are literate in their own language. Data based on refugees who’ve … [Read More] How Students from Non-English-speaking Backgrounds Learn to Read and Write in Different Ways – The Conversation

Walking the Tightrope: Market drivers versus social responsibility with implications for language, literacy and numeracy, and inclusive teaching

ABSTRACT For the past two years TAFE Queensland Brisbane and one of its amalgamated branches, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, have been conducting a collaborative action research project investigating how best to support their very diverse vocational students to successfully complete their studies. This is in a climate of devaluing vocational education, reflected in drastically … [Read More] Walking the Tightrope: Market drivers versus social responsibility with implications for language, literacy and numeracy, and inclusive teaching

Parents Supporting Learning: A non-intensive intervention supporting literacy and numeracy in the home learning environment – International Journal of Early Years Education

ABSTRACT In Australia, emphasis in early childhood education policy is placed on the importance of the role of the family as a child’s first educator, and finding effective ways to raise the effectiveness of parents in supporting children’s learning, development and well-being. International studies demonstrate that the home learning environment (HLE) provided by parents is … [Read More] Parents Supporting Learning: A non-intensive intervention supporting literacy and numeracy in the home learning environment – International Journal of Early Years Education

School (Non-)attendance and ‘Mobile Cultures’: Theoretical and empirical insights from Indigenous Australia – Race Ethnicity and Education

ABSTRACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians are significantly and substantially less likely to be attending school on a given day than their non-Indigenous counterparts. This has been shown to have long-term consequences for the development of the mainstream literacy and numeracy skills associated with formal schooling, as well as later school and employment … [Read More] School (Non-)attendance and ‘Mobile Cultures’: Theoretical and empirical insights from Indigenous Australia – Race Ethnicity and Education

Numerical activities and information learned at home link to the exact numeracy skills in 5-6 years-old children – Frontiers in Psychology

ABSTRACT It is currently accepted that certain activities within the family environment contribute to develop early numerical skills before schooling. However, it is unknown whether this early experience influences both the exact and the approximate representation of numbers, and if so, which is more important for numerical tasks. In the present study the mathematical performance … [Read More] Numerical activities and information learned at home link to the exact numeracy skills in 5-6 years-old children – Frontiers in Psychology

Parents have the biggest influence over their child’s language and emotional development – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Edward Melhuish, Visiting professor at the University of Wollongong; Professor of Human Development, University of Oxford How is it that in a country as prosperous as Australia, one in five children are developmentally at risk by the time they start school? What’s more, the problem is twice as great for disadvantaged groups. … [Read More] Parents have the biggest influence over their child’s language and emotional development – The Conversation

Strengthening Early Numeracy Learning: The Let’s Count Program – The Smith Family

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Numeracy is the capacity, confidence and disposition to use mathematics in daily life. It includes understanding numbers, patterns, measurement, spatial awareness and data, as well as mathematical thinking, reasoning and counting. Numeracy is needed for a wide range of everyday activities such as handling money, taking medication and cooking. It is … [Read More] Strengthening Early Numeracy Learning: The Let’s Count Program – The Smith Family

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