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Children’s Development of Mathematical Skills

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lee Thompson
, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

1914 Lounge, Thwing Center

Click here to download a research and policy brief describing Dr. Thompson’s work.

Basic math skills are the foundation on which students build to develop higher-level abilities in advanced mathematics, such as algebra and geometry. Mastery of these fundamental computational skills has been associated with increased academic achievement and has also been associated with predicting future wage earnings, among other things. National and international assessments of quantitative literacy demonstrate that US students are not performing as well on measures of mathematic abilities as their peers in other countries. Given the importance of mathematics for school, employment and other aspects of daily life, policymakers, practitioners and parents have incentives to improve children’s proficiency in mathematics. Unfortunately, although we understand the importance of math, few effective interventions exist for improving quantitative literacy. In order to develop strategies to improve children’s math abilities, we first must understand the underlying skills necessary for mathematic competence and the factors that influence the development of these skills.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are working to address this gap in knowledge. Dr. Thompson will present her research related to children’s’ development of math skills and discussants will talk about their experiences in the field and policy and practice implications for improved math skill development.


Elizabeth Nelson
Mathematics Flexible Content Expert, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Kim Yoak
Mathematics Consultant, Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools
Past President, Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Schubert Conversations on Children in Research, Policy, and Practice are monthly seminars featuring cutting-edge research by CWRU faculty, with corresponding commentary by local professionals. These events stimulate an ongoing dialogue about child-related research, policy, and practice among faculty, students, policy experts, advocates, and professionals from Northeast Ohio. A light lunch will be served. All are welcome.

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Click here to download a response handout by discussant Kim Yoak.

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