The Relationship Between Attention and Memory and School Readiness in West Virginia Preschoolers

Brenda Carol Parker


The current study investigated the relationship between memory and attention and academic readiness in children between the ages of 2 ½ and 5. Forty-two preschool children were involved in the study and were selected from childcare centers participating in the Educare project in West Virginia. All subjects were tested with the Bracken and the Carolina Curriculum. The Bracken measured the academic readiness and the Carolina Curriculum measured memory and attention levels of the children. The results indicated a positive correlation between memory and attention and academic readiness. The findings supported the position that there is a positive correlation between mastery of attention and memory and academic readiness. Further research is recommended to determine an appropriate role, if any, memory and attention can play in academic readiness at different age levels.