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ERIC Number: EJ1214423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2223-7674
Early Learning Experiences, School Entry Skills and Later Mathematics Achievement in South Africa
Visser, Margaretha M.; Juan, Andrea L.; Hannan, Sylvia M.
South African Journal of Childhood Education, v9 n1 Article 597 2019
Background: The acquired skill set prior to school entry has emerged as an important issue in research and policy internationally. Much evidence exists advocating the importance of early numeracy and literacy skills in later academic achievement and economic outcomes of students. Aim: The goal of this study was to determine the association between parents' reports of engagement in pre-Grade 1 learning activities and school entry skills, and mathematics achievement in Grade 5. Setting: This study was based on empirical evidence using South African data from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. Methods: These relationships were investigated by using stepwise multiple regression analysis. Results: It was found that parent reports of engagement in pre-Grade 1 activities and acquired school entry skills are positively associated with student achievement at the Grade 5 level. This held even when taking other contextual home factors into account: socio-economic status and the frequency of speaking the language of the test at home. Conclusion: The role of the home is important in preparing children for school and has an impact on their later achievement. The home context should therefore be a key consideration in enhancing the South African education system. Parent reports are a good indicator of engagement in early learning activities and acquired numeracy and literacy skills prior to school entry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study