The impact of working memory and learning difficulties in the classroom

Amy Fancourt, Joni Holmes

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe ‘BrainCanDo’ Handbook of Teaching and Learning
Subtitle of host publicationPractical Strategies to Bring Psychology and Neuroscience into the Classroom
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429590573
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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