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Working Memory and Learning: A Practical Guide for Teachers Paperback

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (January 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412936136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412936132
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The authors have written a guide for practitioners that is both highly practical, and yet based upon sound theoretical principles….This book achieves a successful, yet often elusive, link between theory, research and practice, and deserves to have a high readership. I will have no hesitation in recommending it to a range of readers' - Jane Mott, Support for Learning

'This book fulfils its aim to explain working memory and the limits it places on children's classroom learning. For teachers it gives a very clear guide and fills a gap in understanding that can only lead to more child-centred approaches to teaching and learning' - Lynn Ambler, Support for Learning

About the Author

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.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Virginia M. Buchanan on August 26, 2008
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This book is easy to read, and it covers a topic "Working Memory" in far greater detail than other articles and references that are generally available in the US. I am pleased to see this topic being discussed, as my child has impaired working memory. We are struggling to determine the best methods possible to help her learn. I would recommend this book to all teachers and to parents who have a child with impaired working memory.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Stoppleworth on December 13, 2009
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In a time when research shows that learning and social language skills increase when children with special needs are included in the regular education classrooms, practical tools seem to be scarce for educators to develop strategies that serve the learning needs of all in their classroom. The largest group of children on IEP's present with working memory deficits; however, your classrooms also include many children that have not formally been identified with learning disabilities who also have working memory weakness. Working Memory and Learning: A Practical Guide for Teachers is a wonderful tool for all educators to educate and arm themselves with strategies that help you modify the same curriculum across all populations in your classroom. If you are a parent of a child who is struggling or failing in the regular classroom, read this book to gain insight and empower yourself in ways to help your child learn more efficiently in the classroom environment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence E. Miller on June 25, 2009
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This is a great handbook on short-term memory and working memory problems for classroom teachers and parents. Gathercole & Alloway are authorities in the field and have produced a lot of scholarly work for those who want to delve more deeply. Cf.Working Memory and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Another good book that can appeal to professionals and laymen alike isThe Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory by Torkel Klingberg, a scholar in the field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonia on June 10, 2013
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My son has a above average IQ but a diminished "working memory". This book helped me understand my son's learning problem and helped me explain it to his teachers. Now the teachers are very interested in knowing more about this because it seems to be common problem in a considerable percentage of the students in the classrooms. The book contains suggestions as of how to deal with this but they are very hard to implement in a normal classroom setting where the teacher has more than 20 students with different requirements. I still recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pellerine on May 1, 2011
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Working Memory, I feel, deserves more attention - in the sphere of education. If you are interested in litarature on how to engage the mind in meaningful ways, or simply interested in learning about various dimensions of memory I think this is an essential read. It is more for the curious academic oriented mind interested in being better informed about learning and memory. These authors have also published in acadmic journals if you want to dig deeper into specific research (i.e. Working Memory Skills and Educational Attainment: Evidence from National Curriculum Assessments at 7 and 14 years of Age, 2004).

These authors have provided a great snap-shot into working memory here, specifically for educators/education. Easy to suggest this to folks interested in this topic. There are not actually many this specific on the topic. For language teachers Stevick does touch this, but not as much as what is done here, but great book on memory nonetheless, see: Memory, Meaning, and Method: Some Psychological Perspectives on Language Learning.
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