A Study of Students' Capacities to Develop the Skills, Knowledge and Cognitive Capacities of Executive Function: Students and Executive Function

By Maura Sellars.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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This paper discusses the potential of forty students, aged ten to twelve years, to develop their cognitive capacities known as executive function. It details the progress that was made by the students during the eight month intervention program which was designed specifically to provide opportunities for them to demonstrate these competencies in the context of self-directed learning. The program was developed using a Multiple Intelligences (MI) perspective of executive function. The findings provided evidence of a considerable improvement in the students’ executive function skills as identified as an aspect of Gardner’s intrapersonal intelligence domain and are discussed in some detail in this paper.

Keywords: Executive Function, Self-directed Learning, Intrapersonal Intelligence, Cognition

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.77-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 26, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 678.222KB)).

Dr. Maura Sellars

Lecturer in Educational Studies, The Faculty of Education and Arts, School of Education, University of Newcastle, Mayfield, NSW, Australia

After twenty eight years of classroom practice in the UK and Australia, Maura Sellars now lectures at the University of Newcastle, NSW. She has worked in the area of professional experience for the last ten years and includes intrapersonal intelligence, pedagogy, inclusive practices and numeracy amongst her major areas of interest.