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The role of spatial skills in mathematics cognition: Evidence from children aged 5-10 years

Gilligan, K; Hodgkiss, A; Thomas, M; Farran, E; (2017) The role of spatial skills in mathematics cognition: Evidence from children aged 5-10 years. In: Gunzelmann, G and Howes, A and Tenbrink, T and Davelaar, EJ, (eds.) Proceedings of Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2017). Cognitive Science Society: London. Green open access

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Abstract

While there is evidence of associations between spatial skills and mathematics, relatively few studies explore these associations in children aged 5-10 years. I will present findings from longitudinal and cross-sectional studies to highlight the importance of spatial skills as both longitudinal and concurrent predictors of mathematics. First, secondary data analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study indicates that spatial performance at both 5 and 7 years is a significant predictor of mathematics at age 7 (N = 12099). Second, cross-sectional findings from children aged 5-10 years (N=156), suggest that spatial skills explain 10-12% of the variation in standardised maths performance and approximate number sense, even after accounting for vocabulary skills. That is, spatial scaling was a significant predictor of mathematics for all age groups, while the role of mental rotation and mental folding varied with age. These findings have implications for the design of mathematics interventions customised for specific developmental stages.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The role of spatial skills in mathematics cognition: Evidence from children aged 5-10 years
Event: CogSci 2017: 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 26th - 29th July 2017, London, United Kingdom
ISBN-13: 978-0-9911967-6-0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2017/papers/0740/in...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052265
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