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This is a clearly written and well-organised book, providing valuable information about working memory and how it can affect individuals’ learning and progress in an educational context. It is a ‘must read’ for all teachers and support assistants in primary and secondary schools. Many parents are likely to find the book of interest to them if they have a child with any of the disorders discussed in the book.
The clear structure and lack of jargon make the book accessible to a wide range of readers... I was especially impressed that anxiety disorders were included because these can have a debilitating effect on a student, and yet they are often missed out of books on special needs. The case studies are helpful and provide examples of how students can be affected, together with specific strategies that can be used to help them.
It is a very handy, "go to" reference for students, teachers and parents about the nature of working memory difficulties and how these can manifest themselves within the areas of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, DCD, ADHD, ASD and Anxiety disorders.
The book is a refreshing welcome addition to the field of special education, and promises to be a great success among educators.
support module text / background reading
Strong reinforcement of theories relating to learning
A helpful text for those who focus on learning and teaching
A very worthwhile and helpful text for trainee teachers.
The book takes the readers, e.g., the students and the educators, through the working memory from a clear description of working memory to current research into brain, learning and memory. The working memory deficits are presented using a practical framework throughout the book (WHAT, WHERE and WHY) which clearly outlines the link between the description of the learning difficulties, the latest research in neurosciences and education.
The text was somewhat lacking regarding theoretical depth for our purposes.
Excellent insight into learners. Explains why some learners seem to struggle with no apparent reason. Essential for those wishing to understand learning.
As a practical guide this book is brilliant, in that it practices what it preaches. The what, where, why, and how gives a short explanation of the issues faced. The practical applications found in each chapter - Try It, Science Flash, and Current Debate - help to meaningfully divert to different areas of interest. I will use different elements of this book in formulating Study Skills Sessions for Freshman students in Medicine MB BS.
A highly recommended book for both undergraduate and post graduate students. This book is very useful and the feedback from the students is positive in terms of the content.
There is a short Appendix providing a list of the general working memory strategies discussed in the book, presented in a useful table format with chapter indication, as well as a list of specific working memory strategies, suggested for students with a particular disorder.
Disappointingly, there is no whole chapter devoted to Speech and Language Impairment.
Very user friendly and offers a basic overview of how memory works.
Excellent for my students to begin their reading. Appropriate strategies were very useful. Good opportunities for discussion.
Clearly written and steers the reader through a complex area cognitive psychology
Good use of chapter summaries
This book does not usefully support the education studies module within this course
An excellent book, clearly laid out in a very accessible style. Gives insights into the links between working memory difficulties and specific learning difficulties.
This is a very good book to help undergraduate students to understand working memory and relating this to learning environments.