Internalising symptoms and working memory as predictors of mathematical attainment trajectories across the primary-secondary education transition

Evans, Danielle, Gaysina, Darya and Field, Andy P (2020) Internalising symptoms and working memory as predictors of mathematical attainment trajectories across the primary-secondary education transition. Royal Society Open Science, 7 (5). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2054-5703

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Abstract

The transition from primary to secondary education is a critical period in early adolescence which is related to increased anxiety and stress, increased prevalence of mental health issues, and decreased maths performance, suggesting it is an important period to investigate maths attainment. Previous research has focused on anxiety and working memory as predictors of maths, without investigating any long-term effects around the education transition. This study examined working memory and internalizing symptoms as predictors of children's maths attainment trajectories (age 7–16) across the transition to secondary education using secondary longitudinal analysis of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). This study found statistically significant, but very weak evidence for the effect of internalizing symptoms and working memory on maths attainment. Greater parental education was the strongest predictor, suggesting that children of parents with a degree (compared with those with a CSE) gain the equivalent of almost a year's schooling in maths. However, due to methodological limitations, the effects of working memory and internalizing symptoms on attainment cannot be fully understood with the current study. Additional research is needed to further uncover this relationship, using more time-appropriate measures.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 08:57
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 14:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/91036

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