Donolato, Giofrè & Mammarella (2019): Working memory, negative affect and personal assets: How do they relate to mathematics and reading literacy?

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Forfattere

Enrica Donolato, David Giofrè & Irene C. Mammarella.

Abstract

Introduction

Research has recently focused on the relationships between working memory, negative affect (e.g., general anxiety, depressive symptoms) and personal assets (e.g., self-concept, academic and competence dimensions, and ego-resiliency), and their influence on mathematics and reading literacy. Although these variables have been amply explored, previous research has usually considered each of these aspects in isolation.

Method

In the present study, 143 schoolchildren in sixth to eighth grade were tested on general anxiety, depressive symptoms, working memory, self-concept (academic and competence scales), ego-resiliency, and mathematics and reading literacy.

Results

Variance partitioning showed that all predictors, i.e., working memory, negative affect (i.e., general anxiety and depressive symptoms), and personal assets (i.e., self-concept, academic and competence dimensions, and ego-resiliency) explained a unique and shared portion of the variance in mathematics and reading literacy.

Conclusions

Our findings point to the importance of investigating the relationship between these factors. Underlying implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Publisert 28. aug. 2019 13:20 - Sist endret 28. aug. 2019 13:20