The relationship between visuospatial sketchpad capacity and children's mathematical skills

Holmes, Joni, Adams, John and Hamilton, Colin (2008) The relationship between visuospatial sketchpad capacity and children's mathematical skills. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 20 (2). pp. 272-289. ISSN 0954-1446

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This study examined the association between visuospatial sketchpad (VSSP) capacity and children's mathematics attainment. The aim of the study was to explore age-related differences in the relationship between the visual and spatial memory subcomponents of the VSSP (Logie, 1995) and a range of mathematical skills. Fifty-one 7- to 8-year-old and fifty-six 9- to 10-year-old primary schoolchildren participated in the study. The Visual Patterns Test and the Block Recall task were employed as VSSP measures. The results revealed a differential pattern of associations between children's visual and spatial working memory abilities and their mathematical skills. In younger children, the Block Recall task predicted mathematics performance, whereas, in the older children, the Visual Patterns Test was a significant predictor of mathematics performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: short-term memory, mathematical ability in children
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G100 Mathematics
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 12:19
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:35

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