Here are some key findings from my government-funded projects on the link between Working Memory and education:
Working memory determines grades. It measures potential to learn, rather than what has already been learned.
Working memory is an important cognitive skill for success in English, Math, and Science, and all areas of learning. This pattern is the same in studies with kindergartners, students in grade school, and in high school.
In a government-funded study of over 3000 students, I found that 10% of students had working memory problems that led to learning difficulties in the classroom.
Without support, a student with low working memory will continue to struggle. In a study with high schoolers, I found that teenagers who were diagnosed with poor working memory were still performing very poorly in school compared to peers two years later.
MY RESEARCH (FULL LIST)
- Can interactive working memory training improving learning? Journal of Interactive Learning Research
- Working memory and executive function profiles of students with borderline intellectual functioning. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
- Investigating the predictive roles of working memory and IQ in academic attainment. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
- Working memory, but not IQ, predicts subsequent learning in children with learning difficulties. European Journal of Psychological Assessment
- The cognitive and behavioral characteristics of children with low working memory. Child Development
- Verbal and visuo-spatial short-term and working memory in children: Are they separable? Child Development
- How does working memory work in the classroom? Educational Research and Reviews
- Working memory and special educational needs. Educational and Child Psychology
- Working memory and other cognitive skills as predictors of progress towards early learning goals at school entry. British Journal of Developmental Psychology
- A structural analysis of working memory and related cognitive skills in early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
- Working memory and cognitive styles in adolescents’ attainment. British Journal of Educational Psychology
- The relations between working memory and arithmetical abilities: A comparison between Italian and British children. Learning and Individual Differences