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Construction play frequency and relations with spatial ability and mathematics performance

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posted on 2024-02-09, 12:44 authored by Emily McDougal, Katie A Gilligan-Lee, Camilla GilmoreCamilla Gilmore, Emily K Farran

The nature of the home mathematics environment (which includes numerical and spatial activities at home) is related to children’s spatial and mathematics performance. The current study investigated concrete and digital construction play frequency and relations with spatial and mathematical skills. Participants aged 7 to 9 years (N = 634) reported their frequency of construction play (concrete and digital) and completed direct measures of spatial ability and mathematics performance. Correlations between measures revealed no association between construction play frequency and outcome measures. This suggests that quantity of construction play is not pertinent for spatial and mathematics skills, however future research should explore whether quality of play is an important factor.

Funding

Leverhulme grant number RPG-2019-003

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

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School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

British Journal of Developmental Psychology

Volume

42

Issue

1

Pages

72 - 77

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 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Acceptance date

2023-09-25

Publication date

2023-11-06

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0261-510X

eISSN

2044-835X

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Camilla Gilmore. Deposit date: 27 September 2023

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