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ERIC Number: EJ800808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
ISSN: ISSN-0095-7984
Examining Culturally Structured Learning Environments with Different Types of Music-Linked Movement Opportunity
Cole, Juanita M.; Boykin, A. Wade
Journal of Black Psychology, v34 n3 p331-355 2008
This study describes two experiments that extended earlier work on the Afrocultural theme Movement Expression. The impact of various learning conditions characterized by different types of music-linked movement on story recall performance was examined. African American children were randomly assigned to a learning condition, presented a story, and tested on story recall. In Experiment 1 (N=48), the authors confirmed the basic finding of Boykin and colleagues that learning conditions with polyrhythmic-percussive music type and high movement opportunity enhanced story recall better than other types of music-linked movement. In Experiment 2 (N=128), the authors compared story recall in different music-linked movement conditions across grade levels and established improvement only for fourth graders in the learning condition with polyrhythmic-percussive music and high movement. Both fourth and sixth graders' lowest performance was in the condition devoid of any music or movement. Finally, a positive relationship was observed between performance and children's mood state in each learning condition. Movement Expression as a powerful tool for classroom learning for African American children is discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Profile of Mood States