Little is really discussed about the issue of working memory. This is what helps us all make sense of the world. It is something each and everyone of us needs in order to function fully in society. It is also, in many instances, something our children struggle with accessing on a daily basis. Here is an interesting discussion about what it does and why.
Peter Doolittle is a professor of educational psychology in the School of Education at Virginia Tech, where he is also the executive director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research. He teaches classes such as Cognition and Instruction, Constructivism and Education, Multimedia Cognition and College Teaching, but his research mainly focuses on learning in multimedia environments and the role of "working memory."
Doolittle has taught educational psychology around the world. He is the executive editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the co-executive editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio.