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ERIC Number: EJ815613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1446-5442
Long-Term Memory and School Performance Following Cognitive Transition at Five to Seven Years
Wan, Ming Wai
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v7 p1-10 2007
A longitudinal study tested the hypothesis that rapid cognitive improvement adversely affects young children's long-term memories encoded prior to cognitive transition. Seventy-one Year One (five- to six-year-old) children were assessed for recall for event and educationally-relevant information and cognitive ability (in operational reasoning) at four points to Year Three. Contrary to the hypothesis, recent cognitive transition appeared to slightly improve--not worsen--recall for educational material taught prior to cognitive transition. Earlier cognitive transition was associated with slightly better educational recall, significantly better event recall for actions (but not objects), and significantly better reading, writing, spelling and mathematics examination performance. (Contains 1 table.)
University of Newcastle. School of Education, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom