Working Memory: Intrinsic to Academic Progress

Provider: CLAD Services Ltd
£33.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-LDANZ Members
£23.00 (no VAT on this item) LDANZ Members
Accreditation opportunities: CPD certificate of completion

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Description Working Memory is provided by the Learning Disabilities Association of New Zealand. This course provides an introductory understanding of the importance of working memory to learning, and possible ways of strengthening working memory to empower learning. The course was written for teachers, but should provide information for anyone concerned with the progress of students. At the end of the course participants will have a framework of how working memory impacts on learning a foundational platform on which to extend and individualise strategies to nurture working memory.
Duration Course is available for up to six weeks from time of enrollment
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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

The course was written for teachers, but should provide information for anyone concerned with the progress of students.

Lasting for no longer than a few seconds, working memory is a key factor in learning. After years of research it is claimed that a student's working memory capacity is a reliable predictor of his academic attainment. Working memory has two parts to its system, auditory and visual. The verbal / phonological loop is the auditory aspect while the visual - spatial sketchpad is the visual aspect. Working memory is when the student receives information and processes it / 'works it' in some way in order to carry out a task.

The good news is that students can improve their working memory capacity, albeit that the capacity of working memory varies from person to person. Strategies can be learned and practised to help students in all areas of their schooling. Astute teachers build in working memory practice opportunities to topics and stages that their students are at. Those working individually with students have a powerful opportunity to hone working memory skills and empower learning across the board.

At the end of the course participants will have a framework of how working memory impacts on learning a foundational platform on which to extend and individualise strategies to nurture working memory.

Evidence underpinning this approach

References:

Working Memory and Learning, A Practical Guide for Teachers
Susan E. Gathercole and Tracy Packiam Alloway
Published 2008, reprinted by SAGE Publications Ltd, London

Improving Working Memory, Supporting Students' Learning
Tracy Packiam Alloway
Published 2011 by SAGE Publications Ltd, London

How users/participants can evaluate success

There will be questions that follow reading lessons to check your understanding and a final quiz to receive your certificate.

Follow-up activities and support

Course evaluation and feedback forum is available

Details

This course is in two parts. It involves the use of wikis and forums. Read the instructions carefully for all of the activities.

You will have access to this course for six weeks from the time you enrolled.

This course includes audio.

 

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.