Capstone/Dissertation Title

How can purposeful movement in the classroom affect focus, attention span and behaviors in eighth grade students?

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This study's research question is: how can purposeful movement in the classroom affect focus, attention span and behaviors in eighth grade students? This study grew out of the instructor/researcher's observations that students in her classroom were either lethargic or had expendable energy due to lack of movement in their school day. Research was gathered on brain-based learning as well as how movement affects learning. The three week study was an action research project gathering qualitative data. The instructor, as researcher, implemented a movement program called Smart Moves into the daily routine of the classroom. Pre and post study data was collected through student surveys, a student focus group and a journal of field notes from teacher observations. Results suggest that movement added to the classroom improved student focus and engagement in class. Student feedback suggests that movement was a positive addition to their school day.

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