Loughborough University
Browse
Child Development - 2023 - McDougal.pdf (1.32 MB)

Associations and indirect effects between LEGO® construction and mathematics performance

Download (1.32 MB)
journal contribution
posted on 2023-09-12, 14:49 authored by Emily McDougal, Priya Silverstein, Oscar Treleaven, Lewis Jerrom, Katie A. Gilligan-Lee, Camilla GilmoreCamilla Gilmore, Emily K. Farran
There is a known association between LEGO® construction ability and mathematics achievement, yet the mechanisms which drive this association are largely unknown. This study investigated the spatial mechanisms underlying this association, and whether this differs for concrete versus digital construction. Between January 2020 and July 2021, children aged 7–9 years (N = 358, 189 female, ethnicity not recorded) completed spatial and mathematics tasks, and either a concrete or digital Lego construction task. Mediation analyses examining direct and indirect pathways (through spatial skills) between Lego construction ability and mathematics explained 8.4% to 26.6% of variance in mathematics scores. Exploratory moderated mediation analyses revealed that only the indirect path through mental rotation differed between Lego conditions. Findings are discussed in relation to theories of spatial-numerical associations and the potential of Lego training for mathematics improvement.

Funding

Leverhulme Trust. Grant Number: RPG-2019-003

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Child Development

Volume

94

Issue

5

Pages

1381-1397

Publisher

Wiley

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Acceptance date

2023-03-01

Publication date

2023-04-25

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0009-3920

eISSN

1467-8624

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Camilla Gilmore. Deposit date: 11 September 2023

Usage metrics

    Loughborough Publications

    Licence

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC