ERIC Number: EJ918408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Effects of Working Memory Training on Reading in Children with Special Needs
Dahlin, Karin I. E.
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v24 n4 p479-491 Apr 2011
This study examines the relationship between working memory and reading achievement in 57 Swedish primary-school children with special needs. First, it was examined whether children's working memory could be enhanced by a cognitive training program, and how the training outcomes would relate to their reading development. Next, it was explored how differential aspects of working memory are related to children's reading outcomes. The working memory training yielded effects, and these effects appeared beneficial to children's reading comprehension development. Working memory measures were found to be related with children's word reading and reading comprehension. The results show that working memory can be seen as a crucial factor in the reading development of literacy among children with special needs, and that interventions to improve working memory may help children becoming more proficient in reading comprehension.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Achievement, Short Term Memory, Special Needs Students, Children, Reading, Primary Education, Literacy, Intervention, Foreign Countries, Sight Method
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden