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Kikas, Eve; Silinskas, Gintautas – Educational Psychology, 2016
This longitudinal study aimed at examining the relationship between children's task persistence, mothers' academic help, and the development of children's literacy skills (reading and spelling) at the beginning of primary school. The participants were 870 children, 682 mothers, and 53 class teachers. Data were collected three times--at the…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Literacy, Reading Skills, Persistence
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Kikas, Eve; Silinskas, Gintautas; Soodla, Piret – International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2015
This study examined the effects of children's reading skills and interest in reading-related tasks on teacher perceptions of children's literacy skills (reading and spelling) and the respective individualized support for children during the first two years of formal schooling. The participants were 334 children and their classroom teachers.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Skills, Reading Interests, Teacher Attitudes
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Kikas, Eve; Mägi, Katrin – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
This study examined transactional development of mothers' beliefs (self-efficacy, success attributions of a child's success to maternal effort) and children's academic skills. Six hundred sixty-eight children and their mothers were evaluated twice: at the beginning of the first grade and at the end of the third grade. Mothers' beliefs were…
Descriptors: Mothers, Self Efficacy, Success, Child Rearing
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Kikas, Eve; Tulviste, Tiia; Peets, Kätlin – Early Education and Development, 2014
Research Findings: The purpose of this study was to examine associations between parental socialization values (including inconsistency in values), parenting practices, and parental involvement in their children's education. Altogether 242 Estonian mothers and fathers of first-grade children participated in the study. We found that mothers were…
Descriptors: Socialization, Parenting Styles, Parent Participation, Predictor Variables
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Haidkind, Pille; Kikas, Eve; Henno, Helen; Peets, Terje – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2011
Controlled Drawing Observation (CDO) was developed by Tove Krogh and it has been used in Denmark, Finland and Estonia for assessing a child's readiness for school. CDO is a group test, it gives information about a child's functioning in an educational setting and it serves as a starting point for later individual assessment. The goal of the study…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Observation, Group Testing, Mathematics Achievement
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Kikas, Eve; Peets, Katlin; Palu, Anu; Afanasjev, Juri – Educational Psychology, 2009
In this study, we examined the development of maths skills in 269 Estonian primary school children (119 boys and 150 girls; 20 classes). Testing was carried out over a three-year period (Grade 1-Grade 3). Before the last testing session, children's verbal skills and motivational orientations were also tested. In addition, teachers evaluated…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Testing, Verbal Ability, Grade 3