Next directions in measurement of the home mathematics environment: An international and interdisciplinary perspective

Caroline Byrd Hornburg, Giulia A. Borriello, Melody Kung, Joyce Lin, Ellen Litkowski, Jimena Cosso, Alexa Ellis, Yemimah A. King, Erica Zippert, Natasha J. Cabrera, Pamela Davis-Kean, Sarah H. Eason, Sara A. Hart, Iheoma U. 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 A. Maloney, George Manolitsis, Gigliana Melzi, Belde Mutaf-Yıldız, Gena Nelson, Frank Niklas, Yuejuan Pan, Geetha B. Ramani, Sheri Lynn Skwarchuk, Susan Sonnenschein, David J. Purpura

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This article synthesizes findings from an international virtual conference, funded by the United States National Science Foundation, 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 (US)
Pages (from-to)195-220
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Numerical Cognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Early childhood
  • Home mathematics environment
  • Mathematics
  • Measurement
  • Research agenda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Applied Mathematics


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