ERIC Number: EJ685029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Developmental Dynamics of Math Performance From Preschool to Grade 2
Aunola, Kaisa; Leskinen, Esko; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Nurmi, Jari-Erik
Journal of Educational Psychology, v96 n4 p699-713 Dec 2004
This study investigated the developmental dynamics of mathematical performance during children's transition from preschool to Grade 2 and the cognitive antecedents of this development. 194 Finnish children were examined 6 times according to their math performance, twice during each year across a 3-year period. Cognitive antecedents, that is, counting ability, visual attention, metacognitive knowledge, and listening comprehension, were tested at the first measurement point. The results indicated that math performance showed high stability and increasing variance over time. Moreover, the growth of math competence was faster among those who entered preschool with an already high level of mathematical skills. The initial level of math performance, as well as its growth, was best predicted by counting ability.
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Cognitive Ability, Foreign Countries, Metacognition, Listening Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Skills, Computation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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IES Cited: ED544376