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ERIC Number: EJ938536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Children's Writing Ability: Effects of Parent's Education, Mental Speed and Intelligence
Rindermann, Heiner; Michou, Christina Dimitra; Thompson, James
Learning and Individual Differences, v21 n5 p562-568 Oct 2011
Verbal ability comprises receptive (understanding) and active (producing) facets. While the first (e.g. as literacy in PIRLS and PISA) is frequently analyzed in its relationship to further cognitive abilities and parental attributes the latter is rarely investigated. The present study using data from N=280 students aged 9 to 14 years investigated the dependence of active (expressive) verbal ability (by writing a free description of a painting: indicated by number of written words, number of seldom used words, correctness of grammar and orthography) on educational level of parents, number of books at home, mental speed (verbal, numerical, and figural Coding-Test), and psychometric intelligence (verbal, numerical, and figural CogAT). Path analyses found the strongest total ability effect for mental speed, the strongest direct effect for intelligence, both depending on educational level of parents and number of books. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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