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WorlD – Working memory and scholastic learning in children with intellectual disabilities

WorlD – Working memory and scholastic learning in children with intellectual disabilities

In the project WorlD, we examine the role working memory plays for learning to read, write and calculate in children with intellectual disabilities (ID).

Project description

Storing and processing information in working memory are important for learning to read, write and calculate. It has been known for some years that the working memory of children with intellectual disabilities (ID) is impaired in comparison to typically developing children. Furthermore, children with ID seem to perform even poorer than younger children matched for mental age when they have to remember verbal material over the short term. However, the role of poor working memory of children with ID in explaining their difficulties in learning to read, write and calculate is not yet well understood. Additionally, it is unclear which processes involved in verbal short-term memory tasks are impaired in individuals with ID. In the project WorlD, we examine the role working memory plays for learning to read, write and calculate in children with intellectual disabilities (ID). Additionally, we test whether the specific problems children with ID have regarding verbal short-term memory tasks might be explained by a lack of subvocal rehearsal to refresh decaying memory traces or by less efficient long-term memory support in reconstructing partially decayed memory traces.

Funding

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(until Jun. 2014)

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Co-operations

Goethe University Frankfurt

Selected Publications

Poloczek, S., Büttner, G. & Hasselhorn, M. (2012). Relationships between working memory and academic skills: Are there differences between children with intellectual disabilities and typically developing children? Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 11 (1), 20-38.

Büttner, G., Poloczek, S., Schuchardt, K. & Mähler, C. (2012). Arbeitsgedächtnis bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Intelligenzminderung. In: M. Hasselhorn & C. Zoelch (Hrsg.), Funktionsdiagnostik des Arbeitsgedächtnisses (S. 95 – 112). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Further information

Website: IDeA Center

Project management

Project details

State:
Completed projects
Duration:
2009 - 2014
Funding:
External funding
Department: Department of Education and Human Development
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