Improving Working Memory: Supporting Students' Learning

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Your working memory is the information your brain stores for a short period of time, it is your brain's post-it note if you like, and how much information you can remember has a huge influence on how well you do at school, and beyond.

By understanding a child's working memory, you will be able to support their learning at school, and their concentration. Better working memory...

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Overview

Your working memory is the information your brain stores for a short period of time, it is your brain's post-it note if you like, and how much information you can remember has a huge influence on how well you do at school, and beyond.

By understanding a child's working memory, you will be able to support their learning at school, and their concentration. Better working memory can be particularly useful to children with conditions where poor working memory is thought to be an underlying factor. Such conditions include:

  • dyslexia
  • dyscalculia
  • speech and language difficulties
  • developmental coordination disorders (motor dyspraxia)
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • autistic spectrum disorders

This book explains how to spot problems early, and how to work with children to improve their working memory, therefore increasing their chances of success in the classroom. It also explains the theory behind working memory.

Underpinned by rigorous research and written in a highly accessible style, this book will appeal to practitioners, parents and students as an essential guide to helping their students fulfil their maximum potential.

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'The accurate assessment of working memory difficulties and the implementation of appropriate strategies is very pertinent to meeting the learning needs of pupils with special educational needs (SEN). This publication provides practical examples, case studies, tips and pointers to enable practitioners in education to support children and young people to become successful independent learners. Most certainly a worthwhile read for those involved in working with diverse learners' -
Anita Devi, Senior Lecturer, The Centre for Special Needs Education and Research (Ce SNER), School of Education,
The University of Northampton

'Intersesting book and clearly presented - found it very useful'
-Ms Karen Freeman, BCPH, Northbrook College Sussex

'This is full of great ideas and very clear explanations. A very useful book indeed'
-Ms Karen Tulloch

Education , St Mary's University College

'This is an excellent book for child psychology'
-Mrs Tracy Costelloe

Childcare/ Special Needs, St. Sheelans College

'A very useful and readable text, which covers both theory and practice. It is essential reading for educational psychologists and for teachers of children and young people'
-Dr Dario Pellegrini, Child and Family, Tavistock Centre

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849207485
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Packiam Alloway, Ph D, is a professor of Psychology at the University of North Florida. Formerly, she was the Director of the Center for Memory and Learning in the Lifespan in the UK. She is an expert on working memory and education, and has published over 75 journal articles and books on this topic. She developed the internationally recognized Alloway Working Memory Assessment (Pearson Assessment, translated into 20 languages). She writes a blog for Psychology Today and Huffington Post. She has also provided advice to Fortune 500 companies, like Prudential, as well as the World Bank and BBC.

www.tracyalloway.com

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Table of Contents

Our Brain's Post-It-Note
Diagnosing Working Memory
Reading Disorder
Mathematical Disorder
Dyspraxia
ADHD
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Student Strategies and Training

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