Working Memory and Education

Series Editor:

  • Gary Phye, Iowa State University, Ames, U.S.A.

Edited by

  • Susan Pickering, Lecturer in Psychology, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, U.K.

Psychologists have been trying to understand the factors that underpin children's success and failure in different educational domains for many years. One psychological function that has been found to play an important role in educational achievement is 'working memory', the processes involved in the temporary maintenance and manipulation of information. This book provides the reader with an up-to-date review of the research that has identified how working memory relates to academic attainment in: reading, reading comprehension, arithmetic and writing, as well as looking at how children with difficulties relating to hearing impairment and attention deficits differ in terms of their working memory. Other chapters focus on how working memory is called upon in classroom settings, how working memory can be assessed, and approaches to remediation. The opening chapter of the book provides an account of working memory from the architect of the model that has dominated psychological theory for over two decades. This book is a valuable resource for psychologists, educationalists, and anyone seeking to understand more about the cognitive basis of educational achievement in children.
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Cognitive, developmental and educational psychologists, both undergraduate and postgraduate, practicing psychologists (and trainee practicing psychologists). Educationalists and educators with an interest in psychology.


Book information

  • Published: April 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-554465-8

Table of Contents

ContributorsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Working Memory: An OverviewAlan Baddeley2. Understanding Normal and Impaired Reading Development: A Working Memory PerspectivePeter F. de Jong3. Children's Reading Comprehension: The Role of Working Memory in Normal and Impaired DevelopmentKate Cain4. Working Memory, Executive Functioning, and Children's MathematicsRebecca Bull and Kimberly Andrews Espy5. Working Memory and Dynamic Testing in Children with Learning DisabilitiesH. Lee Swanson6. Deconstructing Working Memory in Developmental Disorders of AttentionKim Cornish, John Wilding, and Cathy Grant7. Working Memory and Deafness: Implications for Cognitive Development and FunctioningMadeleine Keehner and Joanna Atkinson8. Working Memory in the ClassroomSusan E. Gathercole, Emily Lamont, and Tracy Packiam Alloway9. Assessment of Working Memory in ChildrenSusan J. Pickering10. Sources of Working Memory Deficits in Children and Possibilities for RemediationMeredith Minear and Priti ShahSubject Index