Working Memory and Education

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: Susan Pickering
Hardcover ISBN: 9780125544658
eBook ISBN: 9780080454863
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th April 2006
Page Count: 344
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Table of Contents

Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Working Memory: An Overview Alan Baddeley 2. Understanding Normal and Impaired Reading Development: A Working Memory Perspective Peter F. de Jong 3. Children's Reading Comprehension: The Role of Working Memory in Normal and Impaired Development Kate Cain 4. Working Memory, Executive Functioning, and Children's Mathematics Rebecca Bull and Kimberly Andrews Espy 5. Working Memory and Dynamic Testing in Children with Learning Disabilities H. Lee Swanson 6. Deconstructing Working Memory in Developmental Disorders of Attention Kim Cornish, John Wilding, and Cathy Grant 7. Working Memory and Deafness: Implications for Cognitive Development and Functioning Madeleine Keehner and Joanna Atkinson 8. Working Memory in the Classroom Susan E. Gathercole, Emily Lamont, and Tracy Packiam Alloway 9. Assessment of Working Memory in Children Susan J. Pickering 10. Sources of Working Memory Deficits in Children and Possibilities for Remediation Meredith Minear and Priti Shah Subject Index


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.

Key Features

  • It brings together in one volume information that would normally be found in different sources
  • It brings together two disciplines that are highly relevant to one another (psychology and education) but not often linked directly
  • Provides psychologists with a perspective on educational practice
  • Provides educationalists with a well-established psychological framework for viewing educational phenomena
  • It provides information about up-to-date research techniques
  • It provides suggestions on how psychological theory can be translated into practice in educational settings


Cognitive, developmental and educational psychologists, both undergraduate and postgraduate, practicing psychologists (and trainee practicing psychologists). Educationalists and educators with an interest in psychology.


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About the Series Volume Editors

Susan Pickering Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

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