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ERIC Number: EJ872587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Working Memory and Mathematics: A Review of Developmental, Individual Difference, and Cognitive Approaches
Raghubar, Kimberly P.; Barnes, Marcia A.; Hecht, Steven A.
Learning and Individual Differences, v20 n2 p110-122 Apr 2010
Working memory refers to a mental workspace, involved in controlling, regulating, and actively maintaining relevant information to accomplish complex cognitive tasks (e.g. mathematical processing). Despite the potential relevance of a relation between working memory and math for understanding developmental and individual differences in mathematical skills, the nature of this relationship is not well-understood. This paper reviews four approaches that address the relation of working memory and math: 1) dual task studies establishing the role of working memory during on-line math performance; 2) individual difference studies examining working memory in children with math difficulties; 3) studies of working memory as a predictor of mathematical outcomes; and 4) longitudinal studies of working memory and math. The goal of this review is to evaluate current information on the nature of the relationship between working memory and math provided by these four approaches, and to present some of the outstanding questions for future research. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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