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ERIC Number: EJ906976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0007-0998
Working Memory and Cognitive Styles in Adolescents' Attainment
Packiam Alloway, Tracy; Banner, Gloria E.; Smith, Patrick
British Journal of Educational Psychology, v80 n4 p567-581 Dec 2010
Background: Working memory, the ability to store and process information, is strongly related to learning outcomes. Aims: The aim of the present study is to extend previous research on early learning and investigate the relationship between working memory, cognitive styles, and attainment in adolescents using both national curriculum tests and teacher-based assessments. Sample: A group of 164 13-year-olds from a school in England were recruited. Methods: They took tests of working memory and cognitive styles. The school provided the attainment scores. Results: Working memory was found to be the predictor of learning outcomes in English, Maths, and Science, as well as all teacher assessments. There was also a significant interplay between working memory, styles, and attainment. For students with high working memory, their style preference does not impact attainment. Students most at risk were analytics with low working memory as they performed worse in the most subjects. Conclusions: The findings suggest that the interplay between working memory and cognitive styles can be useful in developing suitable interventions to support students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)