Family and individual variables associated with young Filipino children's numeracy interest and competence

Sum Kwing CHEUNG, Xiujie YANG, Katrina May DULAY, Catherine MCBRIDE

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Abstract

Children's early numeracy outcomes set the foundation for mathematics learning in their future school years. This study examined how different family and individual variables were associated with the numeracy interest and competence of disadvantaged young children in the Philippines. The numeracy and literacy skills of 673 children living in low-middle income communities were tested. Their parents were also asked to complete a questionnaire on demographics, their home numeracy practices, attitudes about numeracy learning, and children's numeracy interest. Structural equation modelling analyses showed that children's numeracy interest was linked with their parents' practices and attitudes. Children's numeracy competence, on the other hand, was related to their gender, age, socioeconomic status, and literacy abilities. These findings suggest that family and individual variables might play different roles in disadvantaged children's early numeracy development. Moreover, parents can be encouraged to make effective use of home numeracy experiences to promote their children's numeracy competence. Copyright © 2017 The British Psychological Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-353
JournalBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology
Volume36
Issue number2
Early online dateNov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Citation

Cheung, S. K., Yang, X., Dulay, K. M., & McBride, C. (2018). Family and individual variables associated with young Filipino children's numeracy interest and competence. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36(2), 334-353. doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12222

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