ERIC Number: EJ732032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 0
The Association between Preschool Children's Socio-Emotional Functioning and Their Mathematical Skills
Dobbs, Jennifer; Doctoroff, Greta, L.; Fisher, Paige, H.; Arnold, David, H.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v27 n2 p97-108 Mar-Apr 2006
One hundred eight preschool children and their teachers participated in a cross-sectional study of the socio-emotional correlates of mathematics skills. Children's strengths and difficulties were considered as possible correlates of skills. Initiative, self-control, and attachment were all related to better math skills. Overall behavior problems, internalizing symptoms, withdrawal, social problems, and attention problems were related to poorer skills. There were no sex differences in these relationships. Participation in an early math intervention was associated with fewer behavior problems, compared to children who did not receive the intervention. Additionally, participation in the intervention moderated the relationships between socio-emotional strengths and math skills, such that initiative, self-control, and attachment were less strongly correlated with math skills in children who received the intervention.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Social Problems, Mathematics Skills, Intervention, Preschool Children, Behavior Problems, Aspiration, Self Control, Attachment Behavior, Preschool Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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