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Wegener, Signy; Wang, Hua-Chen; Lissa, Peter; Robidoux, Serje; Nation, Kate; Castles, Anne – Developmental Science, 2018
There is an established association between children's oral vocabulary and their word reading but its basis is not well understood. Here, we present evidence from eye movements for a novel mechanism underlying this association. Two groups of 18 Grade 4 children received oral vocabulary training on one set of 16 novel words (e.g., 'nesh', 'coib'),…
Descriptors: Child Language, Oral Language, Vocabulary, Reading Skills
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Braithwaite, David W.; Tian, Jing; Siegler, Robert S. – Developmental Science, 2018
Many children fail to master fraction arithmetic even after years of instruction. A recent theory of fraction arithmetic (Braithwaite, Pyke, & Siegler, 2017) hypothesized that this poor learning of fraction arithmetic procedures reflects poor conceptual understanding of them. To test this hypothesis, we performed three experiments examining…
Descriptors: Fractions, Addition, Arithmetic, Hypothesis Testing
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Wong, Terry Tin-Yau – Developmental Science, 2018
The current study aimed to investigate the relation between conditional reasoning, which is a common type of logical reasoning, and children's mathematical problem solving. A sample of 124 fourth graders was tested for their conditional reasoning skills and their mathematical problem solving skills, as well as a list of control variables (e.g.,…
Descriptors: Correlation, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Skills, Problem Solving
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Coch, Donna – Developmental Science, 2015
While behavioral and educational data characterize a fourth grade shift in reading development, neuroscience evidence is relatively lacking. We used the N400 component of the event-related potential waveform to investigate the development of single word processing across the upper elementary years, in comparison to adult readers. We presented…
Descriptors: Reading, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Brain
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Lyons, Ian M.; Price, Gavin R.; Vaessen, Anniek; Blomert, Leo; Ansari, Daniel – Developmental Science, 2014
Math relies on mastery and integration of a wide range of simpler numerical processes and concepts. Recent work has identified several numerical competencies that predict variation in math ability. We examined the unique relations between eight basic numerical skills and early arithmetic ability in a large sample (N = 1391) of children across…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 2
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De Visscher, Alice; Noël, Marie-Pascale – Developmental Science, 2014
Dyscalculia, or mathematics learning disorders, is currently known to be heterogeneous (Wilson & Dehaene, 2007). While various profiles of dyscalculia coexist, a general and persistent hallmark of this math learning disability is the difficulty in memorizing arithmetic facts (Geary, Hoard & Hamson, 1999; Jordan & Montani, 1997; Slade…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Learning Disabilities, Memory, Interference (Learning)
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Prado, Jérôme; Mutreja, Rachna; Booth, James R. – Developmental Science, 2014
Mastering single-digit arithmetic during school years is commonly thought to depend upon an increasing reliance on verbally memorized facts. An alternative model, however, posits that fluency in single-digit arithmetic might also be achieved via the increasing use of efficient calculation procedures. To test between these hypotheses, we used a…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Numeracy, Arithmetic, Computation
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Rouder, Jeffrey N.; Geary, David C. – Developmental Science, 2014
Learning of the mathematical number line has been hypothesized to be dependent on an inherent sense of approximate quantity. Children's number line placements are predicted to conform to the underlying properties of this system; specifically, placements are exaggerated for small numerals and compressed for larger ones. Alternative hypotheses…
Descriptors: Numbers, Number Concepts, Cognitive Development, Child Development
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Brissiaud, Remi; Sander, Emmanuel – Developmental Science, 2010
Before instruction, children solve many arithmetic word problems with informal strategies based on the situation described in the problem. A Situation Strategy First framework is introduced that posits that initial representation of the problem activates a situation-based strategy even after instruction: only when it is not efficient for providing…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mental Computation, Word Problems (Mathematics), Arithmetic
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De Smedt, Bert; Taylor, Jessica; Archibald, Lisa; Ansari, Daniel – Developmental Science, 2010
While there is evidence for an association between the development of reading and arithmetic, the precise locus of this relationship remains to be determined. Findings from cognitive neuroscience research that point to shared neural correlates for phonological processing and arithmetic as well as recent behavioral evidence led to the present…
Descriptors: Phonology, Phonological Awareness, Short Term Memory, Reading Ability
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Danovitch, Judith H.; Keil, Frank C. – Developmental Science, 2008
Three experiments investigated whether children in grades K, 2, and 4 (n = 144) view emotional comprehension as important in solving moral dilemmas. The experiments asked whether a human or an artificially intelligent machine would be best at solving different types of problems, ranging from moral and emotional to nonmoral and pragmatic. In…
Descriptors: Moral Issues, Moral Values, Psychological Patterns, Emotional Response