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

The Function of Executive Function: Everyday manifestations of regulated thinking in preschool settings – Early Childhood Education Journal

ABSTRACT Executive function (EF) encompasses higher-order mental processes necessary for the conscious control of thought and action in the service of goals. Once thought not to apply to children at all, EF is now at the center of a burgeoning body of research on young children over the last 10-15 years indicating that it is … [Read More] The Function of Executive Function: Everyday manifestations of regulated thinking in preschool settings – Early Childhood Education Journal

The Function of Executive Function: Everyday manifestations of regulated thinking in preschool settings.” Early Childhood Education Journal

ABSTRACT Executive function (EF) encompasses higher-order mental processes necessary for the conscious control of thought and action in the service of goals. Once thought not to apply to children at all, EF is now at the center of a burgeoning body of research on young children over the last 10–15 years indicating that it is … [Read More] The Function of Executive Function: Everyday manifestations of regulated thinking in preschool settings.” Early Childhood Education Journal

Does Preschool Self-Regulation Predict Later Behavior Problems in General or Specific Problem Behaviors? – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

ABSTRACT Findings from prior research have consistently indicated significant associations between self-regulation and externalizing behaviors. Significant associations have also been reported between children’s language skills and both externalizing behaviors and self-regulation. Few studies to date, however, have examined these relations longitudinally, simultaneously, or with respect to unique clusters of externalizing problems. The current study examined … [Read More] Does Preschool Self-Regulation Predict Later Behavior Problems in General or Specific Problem Behaviors? – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Connection, Special Objects and Congruence: The perspectives of young children from disadvantaged communities on participation in early childhood education setting – Early Child Development and Care

ABSTRACT This study contributes to child voice research that seeks to understand the early childhood education and care (ECEC) experiences of young children. Forty-seven children from seven disadvantaged communities in NSW Australia, including urban, rural and remote areas, participated in a face-to-face interview guided by Ecocultural theory. The children were asked to describe their experiences … [Read More] Connection, Special Objects and Congruence: The perspectives of young children from disadvantaged communities on participation in early childhood education setting – Early Child Development and Care

Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade – Future of Children (US)

Table of Contents: Volume 26, Number 2, Fall 2016 Theme: Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade Starting Early: Introducing the Issue / Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Lisa Markman-Pithers, and Cecilia Elena Rouse p. 3 When Does Preschool Matter? by Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Christina Weiland, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn p. 21 The Economic Returns to Early Childhood Education by Lynn A. … [Read More] Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade – Future of Children (US)

Fathers’ and mothers’ home learning environments and children’s early academic outcomes – Reading and Writing

ABSTRACT The home learning environment (HLE) that children experience early on is highly predictive of their later academic competencies; however, the bulk of this work is operationalized from mothers’ perspectives. This study investigates the HLE provided by both mothers and fathers to their preschoolers (n = 767), with consideration for how parents’ practices relate to … [Read More] Fathers’ and mothers’ home learning environments and children’s early academic outcomes – Reading and Writing

Improving Executive Function in Childhood: Evaluation of a training intervention for 5-year-old children – Frontiers in Psychology

ABSTRACT Executive function (EF) refers to a set of higher order cognitive processes that control and modulate cognition under continuously changing and multiple task demands. EF plays a central role in early childhood, is associated and predictive of important cognitive achievements and has been recognized as a significant aspect of school readiness. This study examines … [Read More] Improving Executive Function in Childhood: Evaluation of a training intervention for 5-year-old children – Frontiers in Psychology

Preschool: Two Years are Better Than One – Mitchell Institute

Access to a high-quality preschool program is one of the few proven strategies for lifting outcomes for all children. Evidence shows that two years of preschool has more impact than one, especially for the children most likely to be developmentally vulnerable. It is time for Australia to pursue a national commitment to ensuring all 3 … [Read More] Preschool: Two Years are Better Than One – Mitchell Institute

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

Maintaining Developmentally Appropriate Literacy Practices in Standardized Classrooms: A Freirean framed review of the literature – Early Child Development and Care

ABSTRACT   Scholars [e.g., Carlsson-Paige, N., McLaughlin, G., & Almon, J. (2015). Reading instruction in kindergarten: Little to gain and much to lose  warn that outcome-oriented, kindergarten, literacy standards may encourage an over-reliance on didactic methods at the expense of child-centered practices. Such an over-reliance can limit curiosity and decrease feelings of competence [Haberman, M. (2010). … [Read More] Maintaining Developmentally Appropriate Literacy Practices in Standardized Classrooms: A Freirean framed review of the literature – Early Child Development and Care

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

Toddlers Master Everyday Activities in Kindergarten: A gender perspective – Early Childhood Education Journal

ABSTRACT This article discusses how 2-year olds cope with various everyday activities as observed by kindergarten staff from a gender perspective. Everyday activities are part of the daily pedagogical life in a kindergarten and are linked to situations such as meals, dressing and undressing, grooming and potty/toilet training. Data were collected through structured observation of … [Read More] Toddlers Master Everyday Activities in Kindergarten: A gender perspective – Early Childhood Education Journal

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

Parent Training: Effectiveness of the Parents Plus Early Years programme in community preschool settings – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

ABSTRACT Evidenced based parent training (PT) programmes offer an important intervention strategy to improve early behavioural and emotional difficulties for young children. Initial research highlights the benefits of incorporating PT within local community services such as preschools. The present study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the Parents Plus Early Years (PPEY) programme when delivered … [Read More] Parent Training: Effectiveness of the Parents Plus Early Years programme in community preschool settings – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

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