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Title: Working memory in children with reading disabilities
Author(s): Gathercole, Susan Elizabeth
Alloway, Tracy Packiam
Willis, Catherine
Adams, Anne-Marie
Contact Email: t.p.alloway@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: working memory
reading disabilty
IQ
learning
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Gathercole SE, Alloway TP, Willis C & Adams A (2006) Working memory in children with reading disabilities, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 93 (3), pp. 265-281.
Abstract: This study investigated associations between working memory (measured by complex memory tasks) and both reading and mathematics abilities, as well as the possible mediating factors of Xuid intelligence, verbal abilities, short-term memory (STM), and phonological awareness, in a sample of 46 6- to 11-year-olds with reading disabilities. As a whole, the sample was characterized by deWcits in complex memory and visuospatial STM and by low IQ scores; language, phonological STM, and phonological awareness abilities fell in the low average range. Severity of reading diYculties within the sample was signiWcantly associated with complex memory, language, and phonological awareness abilities, whereas poor mathematics abilities were linked with complex memory, phonological STM, and phonological awareness scores. These Wndings suggest that working memory skills indexed by complex memory tasks represent an important constraint on the acquisition of skill and knowledge in reading and mathematics. Possible mechanisms for the contribution of working memory to learning, and the implications for educational practice, are considered.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/799
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2005.08.003
Rights: Published by Elsevier, copyright 2006
Affiliation: University of Durham
Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University

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