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ERIC Number: EJ1008470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
The Development of Early Numeracy Ability in Kindergartners with Limited Working Memory Skills
Toll, Sylke W. M.; Van Luit, Johannes E. H.
Learning and Individual Differences, v25 p45-54 Jun 2013
Research has proven limited working memory skills to be a high risk factor for educational underachievement in mathematics across the primary school years. Less is known, however, about the performance of children with limited working memory skills in early numeracy tasks. The main purpose of the two studies reported in this article is to explore the difficulties these children experience in performing early numeracy tasks. In both studies, children with very low working memory skills were identified from a large sample (N = 939), in order to examine in which early numeracy domains they lag behind (Study 1,2) or develop more slowly (Study 1) than their typically developing peers. Results show weaknesses in almost all domains of early numeracy (Study 1) but, against expectations, no pattern in early numeracy could be seen that distinguishes children with problems in verbal working memory from children with problems in visual working memory (Study 2). (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Language: English
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