ERIC Number: ED550515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
The Effects of Brain Gym® Activities and Traditional Teaching Strategies on Students' Performance in Comprehension in a 4th Grade Classroom
Kariuki, Patrick N.; Kent, Holly D.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Knoxville, TN, Nov 5-7, 2014)
The purpose of this study was to examine the difference between students' scores in comprehension (English Language Arts) tests when they are led in Brain Gym® activities before class instruction and when they are taught using traditional teaching strategies. The sample for this study consisted of 11 males and 9 females. Data were collected by using Pearson Reading Comprehension tests. The students were tested after five days of receiving traditional teaching strategies and again after five days of participating in Brain Gym® activities before class instruction began. Data were analyzed using a paired t-test. The results indicated a significant difference in students' comprehension test scores when taught using Brain Gym® activities over the students' comprehension test scores who were taught using only traditional teaching strategies t(19)= -5.461, P=0.001. However, there was no significant difference between genders on performance. The results suggest that implementing Brain Gym® activities before instruction significantly influences comprehension scores; therefore, teachers are encouraged to use Brain Gym® activities to help improve their students' comprehension scores.
Descriptors: Scores, Language Arts, Comprehension, Teaching Methods, English Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Reading Comprehension, Conventional Instruction, Data Analysis, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Activities, Motion, Human Body, Holistic Approach, Perceptual Motor Learning, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Elementary School Students, Reading Achievement, Grade 4, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Gender Differences, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee