Working memory again: preschoolers working memory can forecasts teenage dropout risk

4 Nov

From experience to meaning...

Yesterday I posted a new study about how our working memory, ehm, works. This other new study doesn’t look at working memory in itself but the link between the quality of the working memory at an early age and the chance of dropout in later school life: “A one point increase in children’s working memory skills predicted a 26% reduction in the odds of being in the high risk group for dropout”.

The study in short:

  • Youth who fail to finish high school are unlikely to achieve their full potential.
  • Identifying students showing precursor signs of dropout risk may benefit prevention.
  • We trace high school dropout risk at age 13 to preschool working memory.
  • Poorer working memory predicted risk of dropout independent of IQ and SES.
  • Prevention efforts may benefit from increased attention to working memory.

While the researchers only looked at the development of children in this longitudinal study, they do think that…

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