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Children’s mathematical achievement and its relation to working memory, test anxiety, self-regulation: a person-centered approach
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
The department of Special Education, Åbo Akademy University Vaasa, Finland.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2015 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 6, no 1, 73-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Meeting the challenges of teaching for all individuals requires a multifaceted approach, especially from the Swedish standpoint of inclusive education for all pupils. In the context of applied standards for receiving special educational provision, the present paper strives to shed light on the scope of novel indicators, which can accommodate pupils’ different needs.  Founded upon 3 hitherto established robust psycho-educational concepts – working memory, test anxiety and self-regulation – all of which are important for educational, social, emotional and behavioural development, the present study examined those concepts in terms of profiles and their relations to mathematical achievement. 624 children between the ages of 8 and 10 completed a battery of tests, assessing working memory, test anxiety, self-regulation, and mathematical achievement. Person-centred analyses reiterated the negative academic outcomes associated with the aforementioned variables but also revealed individual variations that warrant attention. Furthermore pupils labelled with an ‘At-risk’ profile were more likely to achieve low Math scores, compared to pupils with an ‘In-vigour’ profile. Implication for special educational provision is discussed, and practical suggestions provided.

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2015. Vol. 6, no 1, 73-97 p.
Keyword [en]
Working memory; test anxiety; self-regulation; mathematics; primary school level
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Psychology Educational Sciences Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-97277OAI: diva2:771056
Swedish Research Council, 721-2011-2331
Available from: 2014-12-12 Created: 2014-12-12 Last updated: 2015-03-04Bibliographically approved

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