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How often do you move? Improving student learning in the elementary classroom through purposeful movement


McGregor, E and Swabey, K and Pullen, D, How often do you move? Improving student learning in the elementary classroom through purposeful movement, Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, (6) pp. 6-10. ISSN 2327-5960 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.4236/jss.2015.36002


It is estimated that 85 percent of students in school are natural kinaesthetic learners. It has been suggested that these particular learners are not being catered to through traditional teaching practices. There is a growing body of evidence to support the connection between physical movement and increased student academic achievement. This research differs from existing literature as it focuses on teachersí inclusion of physical movement in everyday classroom learning. The aim of this research was to investigate how and why elementary school teachers incorporate movement into everyday classroom learning. Qualitatively, significant differences were found between how teachers believed they integrated movement into their everyday classroom learning, and how movement can be integrated to benefit studentís engagement and academic achievement. These findings suggest that the integration of movement into everyday classroom learning significantly increases student engagement. Professional development for teachers as well as communities of practice, need to be accessible by teachers in order for them to learn how to integrate movement into their everyday classroom learning and therefore increase their studentsí academic achievement as well as engagement in learning.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Elementary Education, Purposeful Movement
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:McGregor, E (Miss Emily McGregor)
UTAS Author:Swabey, K (Professor Karen Swabey)
UTAS Author:Pullen, D (Dr Darren Pullen)
ID Code:101002
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-06-05
Last Modified:2022-09-30
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