The Importance of Working Memory in Learning

Guest Speaker:
Dr Kartini Abd Ghani (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak)
Dr Andreas Kalckert (School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading Malaysia)
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Date & Time:
Wed, 29. November 2017, 13:00 h - 14:00 h
N3.24, University of Reading Malaysia - EduCity@Iskandar​


What is working memory and why is working memory crucial in learning? Working memory has been identified as an important factor in learning because of its close relationship with an individual’s ability to learn and perform other complex models of cognition. Differences in working memory capacities are reflected in the individual’s performance in a various cognitive tasks such as reasoning, acquiring new vocabulary words, reading comprehension and problem solving. Although numerous past research have been conducted to investigate the relationship between working memory and learning, the bulk of those studies are predominately focused on the working memory capacity and academic performance on typical and atypical development in the early school years. Yet, in the context of postsecondary or tertiary education level, only a limited number of studies have been conducted to investigate the working memory profiles of adult learners to date. This will be the focused of the talk. The implication of research in working memory to practices especially in teaching and learning will also be discussed.


Dr Kartini

Dr Kartini is currently a Deputy Dean of Learning Advancement, Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia and a lecturer at the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. Her qualification includes a BA (Hons) in Psychology, MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a PhD in Psychology specialising in the area of memory and cognitive processing. Her main doctorate research focused on investigating the learning profile of typical and atypical adult learners especially in their working memory and learning and study skills. She has collaborated in various research involving Memory and Gender studies, Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly via Qeeg Index, Emotional Intelligence and High risk Industry, Emotional Intelligence with Mathematical Achievement, Preservation of Dance Knowledge through Interaction Design and Developing a Pedagogical Framework for Designing MOOCs. These grants were received from Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Special Research Grant and Research Acculturation Grant Scheme from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. She has been an external examiner for a Master’s thesis and reviewed several papers for publication in Cognitive Processing and International Journal of Learning.

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