Executive functioning and word reading in Hong Kong Chinese children: A 1-year longitudinal perspective

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Abstract

This study examined the bidirectionality between kindergarten children's executive functioning (EF) and word reading across two time points. Participants were 523 Hong Kong Chinese-speaking children (mean age at Time 2 = 64.59 months; 52.9% male) and their parents. At Time 1, children were administered the measures of EF skills: inhibitory control, attention shifting, working memory and Chinese word reading. They were reassessed with these measures at Time 2 one year later. Results from the cross-lagged panel model revealed that, controlling for child age, gender and parental education levels, children's word reading at Time 1 was significantly predictive of their working memory at Time 2, but that the three EF skills at Time 1 were not predictive of word reading at Time 2. These findings underscored the role of early word reading in promoting children's working memory. Copyright © 2020 UKLA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-393
JournalJournal of Research in Reading
Volume43
Issue number3
Early online dateMay 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Citation

Fung, W. K., Chung, K. K. H., & Lam, C. B. (2020). Executive functioning and word reading in Hong Kong Chinese children: A 1-year longitudinal perspective. Journal of Research in Reading, 43(3), 382-393. doi: 10.1111/1467-9817.12302

Keywords

  • Bidirectionality
  • Executive functioning
  • Chinese word reading
  • Kindergarten children

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