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Developing preschoolers' social skills through cross-cultural physical education intervention


Tsangaridou, N and Zachopoulou, E and Liukkonen, J and Grasten, A and Kokkonen, M, Developing preschoolers' social skills through cross-cultural physical education intervention, Early Child Development and Care, 184, (11) pp. 1550-1565. ISSN 0300-4430 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03004430.2013.865616


The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes in children’s social skills after their participation in a physical education programme named ESPEC (‘Early Steps’ Physical Education Curriculum). The evaluators of the children’s social skills were the trained educators who implemented the curriculum as well as parents of the participating children. This study was conducted in three European countries and was part of a European transnational project. The participants were 286 preschoolers from Cyprus, Greece and Italy. Twelve educators and 286 parents completed the ‘Social Behaviour Instrument’ (SBI) before and after the implementation of the ESPEC. This four months’ physical education curriculum was designed for preschool-aged children and it included 24 lesson units. The results showed an improvement in children’s social skills after ESPEC implementation in all three countries. It can be concluded that the implementation of physical education activities for preschool-aged children can be a way to improve preschoolers’ social skills.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:children’s social skills; early childhood education; physical education
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Sport and exercise psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Grasten, A (Dr Arto Grasten)
ID Code:119823
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-07
Last Modified:2018-03-28

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