Title: A longitudinal study of children’s performance on simple multiplication and division problems
Authors: De Brauwer, Jolien
Fias, Wim #
Issue Date: 2009
Series Title: Developmental Psychology vol:45 issue:5 pages:1480-1496
Abstract: We investigated the performance on simple multiplication and division problems of 8-year-old children longitudinally to determine the developmental trajectories of both operations. Twice a year, during two consecutive school years, children performed a multiplication and a division verification task and a number-matching task. All effects that were observed in multiplication performance (problem-size, five, and tie effect and tie by size interaction) were also observed in division performance. The developmental trajectories of these effects are described. We observed strong developmental parallels between both operations. These results are in line with strongly interconnected memory networks for multiplication and division facts, at least in young children. The results of the number-matching task showed that the interference effect developed differently for multiplication and division, indicating that automatic activation spreading from division operands to division answers is not at work in children of that age.
ISSN: 0012-1649
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
# (joint) last author

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