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Reading to learn? The co‐development of mathematics and reading during primary school

Hübner, Nicolas; Merrell, Christine; Cramman, Helen; Little, John; Bolden, David; Nagengast, Benjamin

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Nicolas Hübner

Christine Merrell

John Little

Benjamin Nagengast



Abstract

Understanding how early reading and mathematics co-develop is important from both theoretical and pedagogical standpoints. Previous research has provided mixed results. This paper investigates the development of reading and mathematics in a longitudinal sample of N = 355,883 students from the United Kingdom (2005–2019) aged 5 to 12 (49% girls). Results indicate a positive relation between the development of the two domains. In addition, a substantial statistically significant positive association between prior reading scores and subsequent changes in achievement in mathematics was found, whereas changes in reading were smaller for students with a higher prior performance in mathematics. The findings suggest that acquiring good reading skills is highly relevant for developing mathematics skills. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Citation

Hübner, N., Merrell, C., Cramman, H., Little, J., Bolden, D., & Nagengast, B. (2022). Reading to learn? The co‐development of mathematics and reading during primary school. Child Development, 93(6), 1760-1776. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13817

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 22, 2022
Publication Date 2022-11
Deposit Date Jun 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 3, 2023
Journal Child Development
Print ISSN 0009-3920
Electronic ISSN 1467-8624
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 93
Issue 6
Pages 1760-1776
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13817

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.© 2022 The Authors. Child Development published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Society for Research in Child Development.






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