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What is the role of executive function skills in mathematical thinking? Part 2: Working memory

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Executive function skills are the set of skills that help us to control and guide our attention and behaviour. They include working memory, inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility. Research has highlighted that they are involved in learning in all domains but are particularly important for learning and doing mathematics. However, identifying the practical implications of this research for the classroom is not straightforward. This video will consider the different ways that inhibitory control can a role in mathematical thinking and how this might inform the design of mathematical activities. 

About Professor Camilla Gilmore

Camilla Gilmore is Professor in Mathematical Cognition and Director of the ESRC Centre for Early Mathematics Learning ( at Loughborough University. Her research is focused on understanding how mathematics skills develop, the influences on children’s mathematical learning and what this means for practice.


Ages: Primary, Secondary, Early years