Publisher summary this chapter aims to review the evidence that wm capacity is an important determinant of childrens reading comprehension there is a strong relationship between childrens working memory wm capacity and their ability to understand text. The use of working memory is quite ubiquitous in human thought but the best way to improve education using what we know about working memory is still controversial i hope to provide some directions for research and educational practice. Poor working memory skills are relatively commonplace in childhood and have a substantial advance impact on childrens learning this article describes the profile of cognitive and behavioural characteristics associated with working memory methods for assessing working memory skills and ways of supporting the learning needs of children . Psychologists have been trying to understand the factors that underpin childrens success and failure in different educational domains for many years. Working memory underpins the transient retention of information in the service of cognitive processes within a variety of tasks as this memory function restricts our ability to regulate mental
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