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Developmental trajectories of children's spatial skills: Influencing variables and associations with later mathematical thinking

Möhring, Wenke and Ribner, Andrew and Segerer, Robin and Libertus, Melissa and Kahl, Tobias and Troesch, Larissa Maria and Grob, Alexander. (2021) Developmental trajectories of children's spatial skills: Influencing variables and associations with later mathematical thinking. Learning and Instruction, 75. p. 101515.

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Abstract

Few studies have examined the long-term relations between children ' s early spatial skills and their later mathematical abilities. In the current study, we investigated children ' s developmental trajectories of spatial skills across four waves from age 3 - 7 years and their association with children ' s later mathematical understanding. We assessed children ' s development in a large, heterogeneous sample of children (N = 586) from diverse cultural backgrounds and mostly low-income homes. Spatial and mathematical skills were measured using standardized assessments. Children ' s starting points and rate of growth in spatial skills were investigated using latent growth curve models. We explored the influence of various covariates on spatial skill development and found that so- cioeconomic status, language skills, and sex, but not migration background predicted children ' s spatial devel- opment. Furthermore, our findings showed that children ' s initial spatial skills -- but not their rate of growth -- predicted later mathematical understanding, indicating that early spatial reasoning may play a crucial role for learning mathematics.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Grob)
UniBasel Contributors:Möhring, Wenke and Grob, Alexander
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0959-4752
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:23 Dec 2021 04:11
Deposited On:06 Sep 2021 10:30

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