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A Longitudinal Dynamic Analysis of the Impacts of Reading on Mathematical Ability in Children and Adolescents

Grimm, Kevin John
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Grimm, Kevin John
Advisor
Pianta, Bob
Nesselroade, John
McArdle, Jack
Hamagami, Aki
Schmidt, Karen
Abstract
Recent legislation, especially the Reading First initiative from the No Child Left Behind Act, has increased the focus on the development of reading skills in the early grades. Furthermore, there has been a push for content area (secondary) teachers to incorporate reading activities into content area instruction, such as mathematics and science. Proponents of this focus on reading instruction believe that reading is a necessary and fundamental building block for educational success. One hypothesis stemming from the Reading First initiative is that reading will assist the acquisition of content area knowledge and in turn lead to an increase in academic achievement. This hypothesis, as well as examining the growth of reading and mathematics, is examined with longitudinal data on reading and mathematics from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills collected in the Chicago Public Schools. Reading and mathematics skills were shown to change linearly from third through eighth grade and that ethnic and social economic differences in the growths were mainly in the level of achievement and not in the rate of change. Reading was shown to be a positive leading indicator of the changes in problem solving, but the effect was negligible given the negative effect of prior problem solving and the high correlation between the two areas of achievement. Implications and future directions for this area of research and longitudinal data analysis are discussed. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF text
Language
English
Date Received
20140123
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Psychology, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2006
Published Date
2006-08-01
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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