The impact of working memory and learning difficulties in the classroom

Fancourt, Amy and Holmes, Joni (2020) The impact of working memory and learning difficulties in the classroom. In: The ‘BrainCanDo’ Handbook of Teaching and Learning. Taylor and Francis, pp. 73-89. ISBN 9780429590573

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Abstract

Working memory (WM) is the mental workspace that allows us to manipulate and store information temporarily. It has a vital role to play in learning new skills and has been linked to academic progress in a variety of different subjects, including mathematics, English and science. WM is not a part of the brain but a faculty of the mind. It is a theoretical concept that is used to explain how active memory works. There are two main ways to overcome the challenges faced by children with poor WM. The first approach is to try to improve a child’s individual WM capacity directly through training. The second approach involves considering situations that could lead to memory overload and developing a range of different techniques and strategies to support a child so that he or she does not reach this point of overload.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Julia Harrington, Jonathan Beale, Amy Fancourt and Catherine Lutz; individual chapters, the contributors.
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sciences(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2021 14:30
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 00:05
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/82676
DOI: 10.4324/9780429197741-4

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