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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Miss Katie Allen

Allen, Katie (2019), Subcomponents of visuospatial working memory: Investigating the importance of order in sequential recall and its relationship with mathematics performance, in Shao, Xin & Dobson, Emma eds, Imagining Better Education. Durham, England, Durham University, School of Education, Durham, 1-10.

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Visuospatial working memory (VSWM) is responsible for storing and
manipulating visual and spatial information. Its predictive relationship
with mathematics performance in children is well known, especially in
younger children. Research has so far not investigated the role of order
during recall in sequential tasks, following its subdivision into
simultaneous and sequential VSWM. This paper investigates this, in order
to determine its predictive power in predicting likely mathematics
performance. Children (n=204) performed a battery of WM tasks,
including those drawing on both visuospatial and phonological WM,
followed by a standardised mathematics test. The data showed significant
differences in the number of items recalled in each task, as well as
significant correlations between many of the variables. Measuring did not
correlate with simultaneous VSWM or block recall, nor did shape
correlate significantly with block recall. The results will be further
analysed to investigate more intricate relationships present within the data.