Executive function skills and academic achievement gains in prekindergarten: Contributions of learning-related behaviors.

  title={Executive function skills and academic achievement gains in prekindergarten: Contributions of learning-related behaviors.},
  author={Kimberly Turner Nesbitt and Dale Farran and Mary Wagner Fuhs},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  volume={51 7},
Although research suggests associations between children's executive function skills and their academic achievement, the specific mechanisms that may help explain these associations in early childhood are unclear. This study examined whether children's (N = 1,103; M age = 54.5 months) executive function skills at the beginning of prekindergarten (pre-K) predict their learning-related behaviors in the classroom and whether these behaviors then mediate associations between children's executive… 

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