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Foundations for future math achievement: Early numeracy, home learning environment, and the absence of math anxiety

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posted on 2024-03-27, 17:18 authored by Venera GashajVenera Gashaj, Qendresa Thaqi, Fred W Mast, Claudia M Roebers

Background

Mathematics achievement is pivotal in shaping children's future prospects. Cognitive skills (numeracy), feelings (anxiety), and the social environment (home learning environment) influence early math development.

Method

A longitudinal study involved 85 children (mean age T1 = 6.4 years; T2 = 7.9) to explore these predictors holistically. Data were collected on early numeracy skills, home learning environment, math anxiety, and their impact on various aspects of math.

Results

The study found that early numeracy skills, home learning environment, and math anxiety significantly influenced math school achievement. However, they affected written computation, sequences, and comparisons differently. Early numeracy skills strongly predicted overall achievement and comparison subtest performance.

Conclusion

These findings underscore the substantial role of math anxiety and home learning environment in children's math achievement. The study emphasizes the need to consider the selective impacts of these factors in future research, shedding light on the multifaceted nature of mathematics achievement determinants.

Funding

Centre for Early Mathematics Learning

Economic and Social Research Council

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History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Trends in Neuroscience and Education

Volume

33

Issue

2023

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Author(s)

Publisher statement

This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Acceptance date

2023-10-14

Publication date

2023-10-15

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

2452-0837

eISSN

2211-9493

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Venera Gashaj. Deposit date: 25 March 2024

Article number

100217

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