Three functional aspects of working memory as strong predictors of early school achievements: The review and illustrative evidence

Grzegorz Sędek , Izabela Krejtz , Klara Rydzewska , Radosław Kaczan , Piotr Rycielski


The paper presents an overview of research on working memory as a predictor of early school achievements. We contrast two main areas of research on the role of working memory in school achievements: the first concerns the structural model of working memory and the second focuses on executive functions. Then, we discuss the facet model of working memory as a promising approach merging the two research branches on working memory tasks as predictors of early school achievements. At the end we present exemplary results of the research conducted on a national sample of six- and seven-year-olds in Poland, which indicates strong relation of working memory functions with the measures of competences in mathematics, reading, and writing. Additionally, the mediation analyses, with parents’ education as a covariate, indicate that the influence of age on achievements in math, reading, and writing in six- and seven-year olds is mediated by working memory functions.
Author Grzegorz Sędek (Wydział Psychologii)
Grzegorz Sędek,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Izabela Krejtz (Wydział Psychologii)
Izabela Krejtz,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Klara Rydzewska (WP)
Klara Rydzewska,,
- Faculty of Psychology
, Radosław Kaczan (Wydział Psychologii)
Radosław Kaczan,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Piotr Rycielski
Piotr Rycielski,,
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishworking memory, early school achievement, executive functions, 6–7-year olds
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
Sedek et al 2016.pdf 403.88 KB
Sedek_ppb_osw.pdf 179.8 KB
Krejtz_Sedek_osw.pdf 145.49 KB
baza wiedzy KR.pdf 315.36 KB
Score (nominal)15
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.251
Citation count*12 (2020-09-21)
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