Development of Cognitive Skills

Investigator: Lindsey Richland

Graduate Student Researcher: Sean Kao

Funding: Office of Naval Research; National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Development of Cognitive Skills project investigates factors underlying children’s development of inferential reasoning skills and long-term consequences for math achievement. The project has two primary goals:

  • To examine children’s development of basic analogical reasoning from ages 3-14. Picture-based analogy tasks assess the contributory effects of knowledge acquisition, working memory development, and ability to control attention. The project seeks to develop a comprehensive theoretical model for explaining widely observed patterns in the development of children’s analogical reasoning.

  • To examine parental scaffolding practices for children’s solutions to problems, utilizing data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. Maternal and paternal home scaffolding practices while helping their child solve complex problems at five ages (36 months, 54 months, Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 5) will be examined in relation to children’s math skills.

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