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Scrimin, Sara; Moscardino, Ughetta; Mason, Lucia – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2019
Background: Children's ability to remain focused on a task despite the presence of emotionally salient distractors in the environment is crucial for successful learning and academic performance. Aims: This study investigated first-graders' allocation of attentional resources in the presence of distracting emotional, school-related social…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Attention Control, Psychological Patterns
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Rathé, Sanne; Torbeyns, Joke; De Smedt, Bert; Hannula-Sormunen, Minna M.; Verschaffel, Lieven – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2018
Background: Young children's spontaneous focusing on numerosity (SFON) as measured by experimental tasks is related to their mathematics achievement. This association is hypothetically explained by children's self-initiated practice in number recognition during everyday activities. As such, experimentally measured SFON should be associated with…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Picture Books, Mathematics Achievement, Numeracy
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Liu, Yingyi; Sun, Huilin; Lin, Dan; Li, Hong; Yeung, Susanna Siu-sze; Wong, Terry Tin-Yau – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2018
Background: Word reading and linguistic comprehension skills are two crucial components in reading comprehension, according to the Simple View of Reading (SVR). Some researchers have posited that a third component should be involved in reading and understanding texts, namely executive function (EF) skills. Aim: This study was novel in two ways.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Kindergarten, Executive Function
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Weidinger, Anne F.; Steinmayr, Ricarda; Spinath, Birgit – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2017
Background: It is often argued that the negative development of intrinsic motivation in elementary school strongly depends on the presence of school grades because grades represent extrinsic consequences and achievement feedback that are supposed to influence intrinsically motivated behaviour. However, only a few studies have tested this…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Elementary School Students, Longitudinal Studies, Correlation
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Howard, Steven J.; Woodcock, Stuart; Ehrich, John; Bokosmaty, Sahar – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2017
Background: A fundamental aim of standardized educational assessment is to achieve reliable discrimination between students differing in the knowledge, skills and abilities assessed. However, questions of the purity with which these tests index students' genuine abilities have arisen. Specifically, literacy and numeracy assessments may also engage…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Literacy, Numeracy, Student Evaluation
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Toll, Sylke W. M.; Kroesbergen, Evelyn H.; Van Luit, Johannes E. H. – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: Evidence exists that there are two main underlying cognitive factors in mathematical difficulties: working memory and number sense. It is suggested that real math difficulties appear when both working memory and number sense are weak, here referred to as the double deficit (DD) hypothesis. Aims: The aim of this study was to test the DD…
Descriptors: Young Children, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Short Term Memory
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Tolmie, Andrew K.; Ghazali, Zayba; Morris, Suzanne – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: Research has identified the core skills that predict success during primary school in reading and arithmetic, and this knowledge increasingly informs teaching. However, there has been no comparable work that pinpoints the core skills that underlie success in science. Aims and method: The present paper attempts to redress this by…
Descriptors: Children, Primary Education, Elementary School Science, Science Education
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Torbeyns, Joke; Peters, Greet; De Smedt, Bert; Ghesquière, Pol; Verschaffel, Lieven – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: In the last decades, children's understanding of mathematical principles has become an important research topic. Different from the commutativity and inversion principles, only few studies have focused on children's understanding of the addition/subtraction complement principle (if a - b = c, then c + b = a), mainly relying on verbal…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Elementary School Mathematics
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Wilson, Claire; Woolfson, Lisa Marks; Durkin, Kevin; Elliott, Mark A. – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: Inclusive education of children with intellectual disabilities (ID) is intended to maximize their educational experience within the mainstream school setting. While policy mandates inclusion, it is classroom teachers' behaviours that determine its success. Aims: This study provided a novel application of the theory of planned behaviour…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Cognition, Personality Traits, Inclusion
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Li, Jin – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: Kindergarten is the age at which children's future time perspective emerges. This capacity enables them to form goals based on past and ongoing experiences and project themselves in the future. This development may play an important role in guiding children in self-regulated learning. When faced with the conflict between their need to…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Cultural Differences, Play, Learning Processes
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Jõgi, Anna-Liisa; Kikas, Eve – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: Primary school math skills form a basis for academic success down the road. Different math skills have different antecedents and there is a reason to believe that more complex math tasks require better self-regulation. Aims: The study aimed to investigate longitudinal interrelations of calculation and problem-solving skills, and…
Descriptors: Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving, Nonverbal Ability, Structural Equation Models
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Rittle-Johnson, Bethany; Fyfe, Emily R.; Loehr, Abbey M. – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: Students, parents, teachers, and theorists often advocate for direct instruction on both concepts and procedures, but some theorists suggest that including instruction on procedures in combination with concepts may limit learning opportunities and student understanding. Aims: This study evaluated the effect of instruction on a math…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
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Li, Weijian; Ji, Haojie; Li, Fengying; Li, Ping; Zhang, Yuchi; Li, Xinyu – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: Like adults, children need to allocate study time and endeavour optimally in order to enhance learning effectiveness. Aims: The aim of this study was to investigate the development of shifting from habitual to agenda-based processes on study decisions. Sample: The participants were 309 children in the second, fourth, and sixth grades.…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Grade 2, Grade 4, Grade 6
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Cornoldi, Cesare; Carretti, Barbara; Drusi, Silvia; Tencati, Chiara – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2015
Background: Despite doubts voiced on their efficacy, a series of studies has been carried out on the capacity of training programmes to improve academic and reasoning skills by focusing on underlying cognitive abilities and working memory in particular. No systematic efforts have been made, however, to test training programmes that involve both…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Problem Solving, Skill Development, Metacognition
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Pinto, Giuliana; Tarchi, Christian; Bigozzi, Lucia – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2015
Background: The relationship between oral language and the writing process at early acquisition stages and the ways the former can enhance or limit the latter has not been researched extensively. Aims: The predictive relationship between kindergarten oral narrative competence and the first- and second-grade written narrative competence was…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Oral Language, Writing (Composition), Story Telling
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