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ERIC Number: EJ1099942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Task Persistence Mediates the Effect of Children's Literacy Skills on Mothers' Academic Help
Kikas, Eve; Silinskas, Gintautas
Educational Psychology, v36 n5 p975-991 2016
This longitudinal study aimed at examining the relationship between children's task persistence, mothers' academic help, and the development of children's literacy skills (reading and spelling) at the beginning of primary school. The participants were 870 children, 682 mothers, and 53 class teachers. Data were collected three times--at the beginning and the end of Grade 1 and at the end of Grade 2. Better literacy skills predicted higher persistence in completing school tasks and, correspondingly, higher persistence was related to better subsequent skills. Also, lower task persistence at the end of Grade 1 corresponded to more frequent academic help from mothers in Grade 2. Moreover, children's literacy skills predicted mother's later academic help via task persistence: the lower the children's literacy skills were, the less task persistence children exhibited, and the more mothers engaged in academic help later on.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Estonia
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