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Examining the reciprocal relations of mathematics anxiety to quantitative reasoning and number knowledge in Chinese children
Ching,Boby Ho Hong; Kong,Kenneth Hong Cheng; Wu,Hannah Xiaohan; Chen,Tiffany Ting
2020-10-01
Source PublicationContemporary Educational Psychology
ISSN0361-476X
Volume63
AbstractThis study aimed to examine the longitudinal relations of mathematics anxiety to quantitative reasoning and number knowledge in Chinese children. Three hundred and sixteen 6-year-old Chinese children in Hong Kong participated in two waves of assessments, eight months apart. Cross-lagged panel analyses showed that prior quantitative reasoning and number knowledge predicted lower mathematics anxiety, even after the effects of gender, mothers’ educational levels, and general anxiety were taken into account. However, earlier mathematics anxiety did not predict later quantitative reasoning and number knowledge. Our findings were consistent with the Deficit Theory, which postulates that mathematics anxiety comes from poor mathematical competence but not vice versa. We also found a reciprocal association between quantitative reasoning and number knowledge, in which initial quantitative reasoning had a stronger prediction on later number knowledge. Taken together with previous research, this result highlights the importance of quantitative reasoning in children's mathematics learning and its role in mathematics education.
KeywordChildren Mathematics anxiety Number sense Quantitative reasoning Reciprocal
DOI10.1016/j.cedpsych.2020.101919
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
AffiliationFaculty of Education,University of Macau,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Ching,Boby Ho Hong,Kong,Kenneth Hong Cheng,Wu,Hannah Xiaohan,et al. Examining the reciprocal relations of mathematics anxiety to quantitative reasoning and number knowledge in Chinese children[J]. Contemporary Educational Psychology,2020,63.
APA Ching,Boby Ho Hong,Kong,Kenneth Hong Cheng,Wu,Hannah Xiaohan,&Chen,Tiffany Ting.(2020).Examining the reciprocal relations of mathematics anxiety to quantitative reasoning and number knowledge in Chinese children.Contemporary Educational Psychology,63.
MLA Ching,Boby Ho Hong,et al."Examining the reciprocal relations of mathematics anxiety to quantitative reasoning and number knowledge in Chinese children".Contemporary Educational Psychology 63(2020).
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