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The role of the working memory and language skills in the prediction of word problem solving in 4- to 7-year-old children




Julkaisun tekijät: Kyttälä Minna, Aunio Pirjo, Lepola Janne, Hautamäki Jarkko
Kustantaja: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Julkaisuvuosi: 2014
Journal: Educational Psychology
Tietokannassa oleva lehden nimi: EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Lehden akronyymi: EDUC PSYCHOL-UK
Volyymi: 34
Julkaisunumero: 6
Sivujen määrä: 23
eISSN: 1469-5820

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The aim of this study was to analyse the role of verbal and visuo-spatial working memory (WM) and language skills (vocabulary, listening comprehension) in predicting preschool and kindergarten-aged children's ability to solve mathematical word problems presented orally. The participants were 116 Finnish-speaking children aged 4-7 years. The results showed that verbal WM (VWM) did not have a direct effect on word problems in young children but was indirectly related to word problems through vocabulary and listening comprehension. These results suggest that in young children, VWM resources support language skills which, furthermore, contribute to variation in solving orally presented word problems. The results also showed that visuo-spatial WM had a direct effect on performance in word problems, suggesting that it plays an important role in word problem solving among this age group.



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