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Working Memory and Learning: A Practical Guide for Teachers

by Susan E Gathercole and Tracy Packiam Alloway Paul Chapman Educational Publishing
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A good working memory is crucial to becoming a successful learner, yet there is very little material available in an easy-to-use format that explains the concept and offers practitioners ways to support children with poor working memory in the classroom.

This book provides a coherent overview of the role played by working memory in learning during the school years, and uses theory to inform good practice.

Topics covered include:
- the link between working memory skills and key areas of learning (such as literacy & numeracy)
- the relationship between working memory and children with developmental disorders
- assessment of children for working memory deficits
- strategies for supporting working memory in under-performing children

This accessible guide will help SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists to understand and address working memory in their setting.

What is working memory?
Working memory in childhood.
Working memory and learning
Children with working memory impairments
Children with short-term memory impairments
Working memory in children with developmental disorders
Assessing working memory
Supporting learning in memory-impaired children

Susan Gathercole - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge. She is winner of the British Psychological Society's President's Award for 2007.

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.