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ERIC Number: ED300107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 23
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The Relationship between Formal Movement Education in the Elementary School and Increased School Competency.
Kogan, Sheila
A review of literature suggests that motor competence in the areas of perceptual-motor integration, coordination, and balance affects the academic achievement of young children. Organized physical instruction seems to be beneficial to elementary school children, and the earlier the instruction is begun, the greater the gains. What is uncertain is exactly what should be taught. Programs that focus on only one element, such as strict visual perceptual training, or the Delacato emphasis on creeping, appear to have more critics than do more generalized movement programs. It can be surmised that this is due to the fact that it has not been established that movement in itself affects the central nervous system. Therefore, practitioners are on shaky ground if they prescribe one specific movement to remediate cognitive difficulties. A generalized movement program could incorporate creeping within a context of numerous motor skills, as well as academic and social skills. The potential for helping students would be much greater with such a program. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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