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Memory and Education

Course Leaders: Kate Cain and Dr John Towse

Tuesday 21 June 2011
Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster

This one-day seminar is open to everyone. It will help participants to understand the role played by memory in different areas of educational attainment. The speakers will consider the implications of memory weaknesses for populations with literacy and learning difficulties, and the types of classroom support and training that might help these children.

The seminar has been designed with the purpose of CPD in mind for professionals working in the field and is open to anyone with an interest in education and learning from childhood to adolescence. The seminar is accredited for CPD by the British Psychological Society.


9.30 - 10.00
Registration and Coffee
10.00 - 10.15
Drs John Towse and Kate Cain, Lancaster University: Welcome. Opening comments
10.15 - 11.00
Dr Kate Cain, Lancaster University: Why good working memory helps children to be successful reading comprehenders
11.00 - 11.45
Professor Paola Palladino, University of Pavia: The memory profiles of children with learning difficulties: where they are poor and where they are not
11.45 - 1.00
Poster session, followed by lunch
1.00 - 1.45
Professor Sue Gathercole,MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge: Working memory, learning and classroom behaviour
1.45 - 2:30
Dr Helen St. Clair-Thompson, University of Hull: Working memory and attainment in primary school, secondary school, and higher education
2.30 - 3.15
Refreshment break and break out groups for themed discussion
3.15 - 4.00
Plenary session

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