Developmental relations between mathematics anxiety, symbolic numerical magnitude processing and arithmetic skills from first to second grade

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Mononen , R , Niemivirta , M , Korhonen , J , Lindskog , M & Tapola , A 2022 , ' Developmental relations between mathematics anxiety, symbolic numerical magnitude processing and arithmetic skills from first to second grade ' , Cognition and Emotion , vol. 36 , no. 3 , pp. 452-472 . https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2021.2015296

Title: Developmental relations between mathematics anxiety, symbolic numerical magnitude processing and arithmetic skills from first to second grade
Author: Mononen, Riikka; Niemivirta, Markku; Korhonen, Johan; Lindskog, Marcus; Tapola, Anna
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Motivation, learning, and well-being
Date: 2022
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Cognition and Emotion
ISSN: 0269-9931
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2021.2015296
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/345470
Abstract: We investigated the levels of and changes in mathematics anxiety (MA), symbolic numerical magnitude processing (SNMP) and arithmetic skills, and how those changes are linked to each other. Children's (n = 264) MA, SNMP and arithmetic skills were measured in Grade 1, and again in Grade 2, also including a mathematics performance test. All three constructs correlated significantly within each time point, and the rank-order stability over time was high, particularly in SNMP and arithmetic skills. By means of latent change score modelling, we found overall increases in SNMP and arithmetic skills over time, but not in MA. Most interestingly, changes in arithmetic skills and MA were correlated (i.e. steeper increase in arithmetic skills was linked with less steep increase in MA), as were changes in SNMP and arithmetic skills (i.e. improvement in SNMP was associated with improvement in arithmetic skills). Only the initial level of arithmetic skills and change in it predicted mathematics performance. The only gender difference, in favour of boys, was found in SNMP skills. The differential effects associated with MA (developmentally only linked with arithmetic skills) and gender (predicting only changes in SNMP) call for further longitudinal research on the different domains of mathematical skills.
Subject: arithmetic
gender differences
latent change score modelling
mathematics anxiety
symbolic numerical magnitude processing
MATH ANXIETY
WORKING-MEMORY
INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES
ELEMENTARY-SCHOOL
YOUNG-CHILDREN
SCALE AMAS
ACHIEVEMENT
PERFORMANCE
GENDER
INVARIANCE
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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