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    Aged-based differences in spatial language skills from 6 to 10 years: relations with spatial and mathematics skills

    Gilligan-Lee, K.A. and Hodgkiss, A. and Thomas, Michael S.C. and Patel, P.K. and Farran, E.K. (2021) Aged-based differences in spatial language skills from 6 to 10 years: relations with spatial and mathematics skills. Learning and Instruction 73 , p. 101417. ISSN 0959-4752.

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    Abstract

    Spatial language is the language of spatial concepts and spatial relationships. Prior research has demonstrated an association between spatial language and spatial thinking in pre-school children. However, there is limited evidence exploring age-based differences in spatial language in older childhood. This cross-sectional study has three main aims. First, we present a novel spatial language measure and show differences in spatial language performance across age groups from 6-10 years (N = 155). Second, having demonstrated that our measure is sensitive to age-based progression, we use regression analyses to determine relations between spatial language and performance on a range of spatial tasks (r2:1.2% -9.0%). Third, we investigate the relations between spatial language and different mathematics skills (r2:0.2% -15.4%) and propose mechanisms that may explain these associations. We discuss how these findings lay a foundation for future spatial language interventions as a novel tool which may lead to educational improvements in mathematics.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Comprehension and production, Spatial language, Spatial thinking, Mathematics, Middle childhood
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for
    Depositing User: Michael Thomas
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 06:52
    Last Modified: 23 Feb 2021 09:45
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41955

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