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Not All Math Support is Created Equal: Exploring Associations Between Parental Math Language Styles and Preschool Children’s Math Talk and Math Skills

McGregor, Rebecca E. (2023) Not All Math Support is Created Equal: Exploring Associations Between Parental Math Language Styles and Preschool Children’s Math Talk and Math Skills. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Prior work on parental math support and preschool children’s math performance has taken a variable-centered approach by capturing frequencies of different types of math language (i.e., questions, statements, and confirmations) and associating these frequencies with children’s math talk and skills. The present study instead utilized a person-centered approach to explore the presence of parental math language styles and associations between these styles and children’s math talk and math skills. Participants were 76 mostly middle-income, White parents and their four-year-old children (M age = 53.32 months; 45% girls). Dyads were videotaped sharing a picture and their utterances were transcribed and coded for math content. Children’s math skills were assessed using the Preschool Early Numeracy Scale (PENS) and the Early Patterning Assessment. Using cluster analyses, three parental math language styles were identified: Math Discussers, who used a combination of math language types, Math Commentators, who used mostly math statements, and Math Elicitors, who used mostly math questions. Math Discussers were more likely than Math Commentators to have children who spoke more about math and there were no differences between styles in children’s math skills. Findings suggest that parental math language styles provide a unique explanation for children’s math talk.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
McGregor, Rebecca E.rem166@pitt.edurem166
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorLeyva,
Committee MemberLibertus,
Committee MemberBachman,
Date: 10 May 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2 September 2022
Approval Date: 10 May 2023
Submission Date: 17 November 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 60
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: parent input; parent-child interactions; preschool; math
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 13:24
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 13:24


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