ERIC Number: EJ794528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Physical Education Performance Outcomes and Cognitive Function
Castelli, Darla M.; Hillman, Charles H.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v21 n1 p26-30 Sep-Oct 2007
This article intends to inform physical education teachers about the current research describing the relationship between physical education performance outcomes as identified by the national physical education standards (i.e., regular participation in physical activity, physical fitness, motor competence; National Association of Physical Education and Sport [NASPE], 2004) and cognitive function (i.e., attention, memory, academic achievement). This article presents suggestions for best practice and contains key findings in the research as well as a summary of the research. Presented are implications for teaching physical education. Challenged in addition, are common neuromyths suggested by Dr. Usha Goswami. They include: (1) People either have a left or right brain orientation; (2) Most students have just one learning style, which the teacher should focus on; (3) A commercially produced curriculum can enhance brain function for all learners; (4) An old old dog cannot learn new tricks or in educational terms, certain skills must be taught at a certain time or they will never be learned; and (5) Physical activity will make you smarter.
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Physical Education, Cognitive Processes, Correlation, Misconceptions, Psychomotor Skills, National Standards, Physical Fitness, Brain, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Physical Education Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 5; Grade 7
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Identifiers - Location: California; United Kingdom
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001