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Improving Working Memory

Improving Working Memory
Supporting Students' Learning

136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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

By developing and improving a child's working memory, you will see improvements in their achievements at school, and in 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

Improving Working Memory, Supporting Students' Learning 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 is packed full of practical strategies to use with students, but it also explains the theory behind these activities.

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 reach their full potential.

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

'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 (CeSNER), 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

This is an accessible text with background information and practical suggestions. There is an overview of specific learning difficulties and how working memory may impact. A useful text for students and practitioners with an interest in specific learning differences.

Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
January 30, 2014

Lots of useful information about working memory, but precious little about actually improving it, as the title implies. Nonetheless, helps to give real insight into working memory difficulties.

Mrs Linda Crittenden
Learning Support, Mid Kent College of Higher & F.E.
October 1, 2013

It is important that all teachers have an understanding of the role of working memory in learning and they will find this a helpful book written in an accessible way. It has some novel features such as the 'try it' boxes which are an excellent way to help the reader to understand. The 'science flash' is another good idea to explain the theory behind the practice, but references to the studies mentioned should be given so that university students can follow them up. The discussion of cognitive profiles of learners with dyslexia and other SpLD's will be of interest to teachers on dyslexia courses.

Dr Kath Kelly
Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
April 18, 2013

I am recommending this book to teachers with whom I am presenting INSET relating to neuroeducation, as my own research suggests that memory is an area with which teachers hope to find assistance from neuroscientific developments.

Mr Jon Tibke
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
February 10, 2013

A brilliant, easy to read book, thankyou

Mrs Georgina Spry
Education , Chester University
April 30, 2012

I have already submitted feedback on this text some months ago

Mr Mark Timoney
Humanities , Sligo Institute of Technology
April 4, 2012

Intersesting book and clearly presented - found it very useful

Ms Karen Freeman
BCPH, Northbrook College Sussex
February 1, 2012

This is full of great ideas and very clear explanations. A very useful book indeed

Ms Karen Tulloch
Education , St Mary's University College
June 27, 2011

This is an excellent book for child psychology

Mrs Tracy Costelloe
Childcare/ Special Needs, St. Sheelans College
May 16, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Our brain's Post-it note

Tracy Packiam Alloway

Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD, 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. More About Author