The home mathematics environment and its relation to children’s mathematical skills for Chinese families

Wei Wei*, Hongling Liao, Chang Xu, Xiaohong Ye, Jo-Anne Lefevre

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Abstract

The home mathematics environment of preschoolers is related to their mathematical performance. Information about the home mathematics environment in China is sparse, however. Accordingly, we developed and tested a culturally relevant home mathematics environment questionnaire for Chinese families. In Study 1 (n = 376), exploratory factor analysis of the questionnaire revealed four activity factors: Informal, Basic Formal, Advanced Formal, and Spatial. In Study 2 (n = 353), the general structure of the questionnaire was evaluated with confirmatory factor analysis. Some minor changes were made to the questionnaire. In Study 3, 137 caregivers completed the refined questionnaire and their children were tested on fundamental mathematical skills. As in research from Western countries, Chinese parents’ reports of the frequency of advanced mathematical activities were positively correlated with their preschoolers’ mathematical skills. This study provides comparative data from China about the home mathematics environment and broadens the scope of research beyond Western countries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102381
Number of pages12
JournalLearning and Individual Differences
Volume108
Early online date03 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Home mathematics environment
  • Mathematical ability
  • Preschoolers
  • Questionnaire

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