Next Directions in Measurement of the Home Mathematics Environment: An International and Interdisciplinary Perspective

Caroline Hornburg, Giulia Borriello, Melody Kung, Joyce Lin, Ellen Litowski, Jimena Cosso, Alexa Ellis, Yeminah King, Erica Zippert, Natasha Cabrera, Pamela Davis-Kean, Sarah Eason, Sara Harte, Iheoma Iruka, Jo-Anne LeFevre, Victoria Simms, María Inés Susperreguy, Abbie Cahoon, Winnie Wai Lan Chan, Sum Kwing CheungMarie Coppola, Bert De Smedt, Leanne Elliott, Nancy Estévez-Pérez, Thomas Gallagher-Mitchell, Nicole Gardner-Neblett, Camilla Gilmore, Diana Leyva, Erin Maloney, George Manolitsis, Gigliana Melzi, Belde Mutaf-Yidiz, Gena Nelson, Frank Niklas, Yuejuan Pan, Geetha Ramani, Sheri-Lynn Skwarchuk, Susan Sonnenschein, David Purpura

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This article synthesizes findings from an international virtual conference, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), focused on the home mathematics environment (HME). In light of inconsistencies and gaps in research investigating relations between the HME and children’s outcomes, the purpose of the conference was to discuss actionable steps and considerations for future work. The conference was composed of international researchers with a wide range of expertise and backgrounds. Presentations and discussions during the conference centered broadly on the need to better operationalize and measure the HME as a construct – focusing on issues related to child, family, and community factors, country and cultural factors, and the cognitive and affective characteristics of caregivers and children. Results of the conference and a subsequent writing workshop include a synthesis of core questions and key considerations for the field of research on the HME. Findings highlight the need for the field at large to use multi-method measurement approaches to capture nuances in the HME, and to do so with increased international and interdisciplinary collaboration, open science practices, and communication among scholars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-220
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Numerical Cognition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Jul 2021

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A virtual conference, funded by the United States National Science Foundation (grant # DRL-1920479), Refining our

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  • early childhood
  • home mathematics environment
  • mathematics
  • research agenda
  • measurement
  • Early childhood
  • Measurement
  • Research agenda
  • Home mathematics environment
  • Mathematics


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