Working Memory and Learning During the School Years

Susan E. Gathercole

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Working Memory and Learning During the School Years

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This lecture discusses the concept of working memory, which is the capacity to hold material in mind and to manipulate it for brief periods of time. It reveals that there is enough evidence that working memory plays a very important role in supporting many important aspects of learning during childhood. It is also suggested that impairments in learning result directly from failures to meet the working memory demands of many activities in the classroom.

Keywords: working memory; aspects of learning; impairments in learning

Chapter.  5541 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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