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Virtanen, T. E.; Pakarinen, E.; Lerkkanen, M.-K.; Poikkeus, A.-M.; Siekkinen, M.; Nurmi, J.-E. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2018
This study examined the reliability and validity of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System-Secondary (CLASS-S) in Finnish classrooms. Trained observers coded classroom interactions based on video recordings of 46 Grade 6 classrooms (450 cycles). Concurrent associations were investigated with respect to teacher self-ratings (e.g., efficacy beliefs…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Classroom Observation Techniques, Foreign Countries, Factor Structure
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Koponen, Tuire; Aro, Mikko; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija; Niemi, Pekka; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Ahonen, Timo; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Exceptional Children, 2018
We examined the prevalence of comorbidity of dysfluent reading and math skills longitudinally in a representative sample (N = 1,928) and the stability of comorbid and single difficulties from first to fourth grades. The findings indicated that half the children who showed very low performance in one skill also evidenced low or very low performance…
Descriptors: Comorbidity, Longitudinal Studies, Grade 2, Reading Difficulties
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Viljaranta, Jaana; Kiuru, Noona; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Silinskas, Gintautas; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Educational Psychology, 2017
The majority of previous research on academic skills, self-concept of ability and interest has deployed the variable-oriented approach and focused on self-concept, or ability, or interest only. This study examined the patterns and dynamics of pattern change in Finnish children's word reading skill, self-concept of ability and interest from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Skills, Self Concept, Reading Ability
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Tang, Xin; Pakarinen, Eija; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Kikas, Eve; Muotka, Joona; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017
The present study reports on the psychometric properties of the Early Childhood Classroom Observation Measure (ECCOM) in Finnish and Estonian first and third grade classrooms. The observation data were collected from 91 first grade teachers and 70 third grade teachers. Teachers' curriculum goals, teaching experience and the classroom size were…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Grade 1
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Holopainen, Leena; Taipale, Airi; Savolainen, Hannu – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2017
In this study, the relationship between adolescents' difficulty in mathematics and reading and the influence on academic self-concept and school grades was examined. The participants (N = 585; 299 girls, 286 boys) were one age group of ninth-graders whose mathematics and reading skills were assessed at the end of comprehensive school at age…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Problems, Correlation
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Sointu, Erkko T.; Savolainen, Hannu; Lappalainen, Kristiina; Lambert, Matthew C. – Educational Psychology, 2017
Positive student-teacher relationships are related to students' academic achievement and behavioural and emotional adjustment. How a student's behavioural and emotional strengths are associated with these relationships and how the relationships influence students' academic performance remains unknown. We examined this framework using a…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Teacher Student Relationship, Emotional Development, Correlation
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Hotulainen, Risto; Mononen, Riikka; Aunio, Pirjo – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
This paper reports the results of the improving thinking skills (ITS-1) intervention study on the thinking skills of low-achieving first graders. The intervention programme consists of 12 lessons, each lasting for 45 min. Lessons offer enriched-discovery learning activities and tasks to be solved through inductive reasoning. We used a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Thinking Skills, Intervention, Low Achievement
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Heikkilä, Riikka; Torppa, Minna; Aro, Mikko; Närhi, Vesa; Ahonen, Timo – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
This study explored the double-deficit hypothesis (DDH) in a transparent orthography (Finnish) and extended the view from reading disabilities to comorbidity of learning-related problems in math and attention. Children referred for evaluation of learning disabilities in second through sixth grade (N = 205) were divided into four groups based on…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Foreign Countries, Finno Ugric Languages, Reading Difficulties
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McMullen, Jake; Hannula-Sormunen, Minna M.; Laakkonen, Eero; Lehtinen, Erno – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Many people have serious difficulties in understanding rational numbers, limiting their ability to interpret and make use of them in modern daily life. This also leads to later difficulties in learning more advanced mathematical content. In this study, novel tasks are used to measure 263 late primary school students' spontaneous focusing on…
Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Students, Predictor Variables
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Autio, Ossi; Olafsson, Brynjar; Thorsteinsson, Gisli – Design and Technology Education, 2016
This research was undertaken in Finnish and Icelandic schools during the years 2013-14, in order to explore students' technological knowledge and reasoning at the ages of eleven and thirteen. The research considered the congruence between students' undertakings within Craft and Design education in the national curriculum and their ability to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technological Literacy, Questionnaires, Design Crafts
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Björn, Piia Maria; Aunola, Kaisa; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Educational Psychology, 2016
This longitudinal study aimed to investigate the extent to which primary school text comprehension predicts mathematical word problem-solving skills in secondary school among Finnish students. The participants were 224 fourth graders (9-10 years old at the baseline). The children's text-reading fluency, text comprehension and basic calculation…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Elementary School Students, Prediction, Secondary School Students
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Arya, Diana J.; McClung, Nicola A.; Katznelson, Noah; Scott, Lyn – International Journal of Multilingualism, 2016
Social psychologists have suggested that language-based ideologies related to "stereotype threat" (i.e. variations in performance-based on ability perceptions of language groups) may affect students' academic achievement regardless of school language support. However, it is unclear whether efforts to support students' first language…
Descriptors: Social Psychology, Language Attitudes, Stereotypes, Achievement Tests
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Sikiö, Riitta; Siekkinen, Martti; Holopainen, Leena – Reading Psychology, 2016
This study examines the development of reading and writing from first to second grade in transparent orthography (Finnish) among three groups: language minority children (n = 49), Finnish children at risk of reading difficulties (n = 347), and Finnish speaking children (n = 1747). Findings indicated that reading and writing skills in the language…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Foreign Countries, Literacy, At Risk Students
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Randolph, Justus J.; Kangas, Marjaana; Ruokamo, Heli; Hyvönen, Pirkko – Interactive Learning Environments, 2016
The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to determine the degree that creative and playful learning (CPL) in a technology-enriched playground influences academic achievement of students and what factors are responsible for successes. The participants were 276 students from 12 elementary classrooms in the Netherlands and Finland. The…
Descriptors: Creativity, Play, Playgrounds, Playground Activities
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Gråstén, Arto; Watt, Anthony – Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 2016
The current article provides an important insight into measurement differences between two commonly used self-reports and accelerometer-determined moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) scores within matched samples across 1 school year. Participants were 998 fifth- through eighth-grade students who completed self-reports and 76 fifth- and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Questionnaires
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