Attention is a heterogeneous function that comprises different components. Many studies have investigated the role of attention on academic achievement. However, the influence of attention on calculation performances has not been clearly defined. This study aimed to investigate the contribution of the different components of attention on calculation skill during primary school. Participants: 314 childrenwho attended the first, third and fifth grades of two public primary schools in Italy participated in this study. Measures: The study was conducted using two standardized instruments assessing calculation and attention skills. Results: Results highlighted several interesting points concerning the relationships that occur among attention and calculation skills. Findings showed that attention plays a pivotal role in arithmetic performances. Different components of attention affected written calculation ability, numerical knowledge, calculation accuracy and calculation speed in children attending primary school. Statistical analyses for each scholastic grade showed that attention is of key importance in acquiring calculation skill.

The role of the different components of attention on calculation skill

COMMODARI, Elena;
2014-01-01

Abstract

Attention is a heterogeneous function that comprises different components. Many studies have investigated the role of attention on academic achievement. However, the influence of attention on calculation performances has not been clearly defined. This study aimed to investigate the contribution of the different components of attention on calculation skill during primary school. Participants: 314 childrenwho attended the first, third and fifth grades of two public primary schools in Italy participated in this study. Measures: The study was conducted using two standardized instruments assessing calculation and attention skills. Results: Results highlighted several interesting points concerning the relationships that occur among attention and calculation skills. Findings showed that attention plays a pivotal role in arithmetic performances. Different components of attention affected written calculation ability, numerical knowledge, calculation accuracy and calculation speed in children attending primary school. Statistical analyses for each scholastic grade showed that attention is of key importance in acquiring calculation skill.
2014
math skills; attention
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