Title: Predicting children’s academic achievement after the transition to first grade
Authors: Bossaert, Goele ×
Doumen, Sarah
Buyse, Evelien
Verschueren, Karine #
Issue Date: 4-Mar-2011
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc.
Series Title: Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology vol:32 issue:2 pages:47-57
Abstract: The transition from kindergarten to first grade has been described as a critical period for
children's academic development. Furthermore, research indicates that peer status is connected with
academic adjustment, yet the underlying processes remain unclear. By means of a two-year
longitudinal study during kindergarten and first grade (N = 153), we aimed to shed light on the
antecedents of achievement at the end of first grade. Based on the parallel processes mediation model
(Buhs, 2005), a comprehensive predictive model was constructed and tested. Results showed that (a)
the parallel processes mediation model is partially valid during the transition from kindergarten to
first grade; and (b) there is more support for an effect of academic self-concept on achievement than
vice versa. This comprehensive model increases our insight in the factors that enhance children's
academic development during the transition to first grade.
ISSN: 0193-3973
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:School Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development
Parenting and Special Education
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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