Executive functions, visual-motor coordination, physical fitness and academic achievement: Longitudinal relations in typically developing children

Oberer, Nicole; Gashaj, Venera; Roebers, Claudia M. (2018). Executive functions, visual-motor coordination, physical fitness and academic achievement: Longitudinal relations in typically developing children. Human movement science, 58, pp. 69-79. Elsevier 10.1016/j.humov.2018.01.003

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The present longitudinal study included different school readiness factors measured in kindergarten with the aim to predict later academic achievement in second grade. Based on data of N = 134 children, the predictive power of executive functions, visual-motor coordination and physical fitness on later academic achievement was estimated using a latent variable approach. By entering all three predictors simultaneously into the model to predict later academic achievement, significant effects of executive functions and visual-motor coordination on later academic achievement were found. The influence of physical fitness was found to be substantial but indirect via executive functions. The cognitive stimulation hypothesis as well as the automaticity hypothesis are discussed as an explanation for the reported relations.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Oberer, Nicole; Gashaj, Venera and Roebers, Claudia

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0167-9457

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jennifer Ruth Sprenger

Date Deposited:

20 Mar 2019 08:39

Last Modified:

20 Mar 2019 08:39

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.humov.2018.01.003

PubMed ID:

29353093

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.121516

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/121516

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