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ERIC Number: EJ980927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Still Jumping on the Balance Beam: Continued Use of Perceptual Motor Programs in Australian Schools
Stephenson, Jennifer; Carter, Mark; Wheldall, Kevin
Australian Journal of Education, v51 n1 p6-18 Apr 2007
Perceptual motor programs (PMPs) are used widely in Australian schools. This study reports on an analysis of the information about the uses and the rationales for these programs drawn from the websites of Australian schools. Wide-ranging claims are made for the benefits of these programs for students with difficulties and for typically developing students but there is evidence that they are not effective in improving academic and other skills. Although the survey is limited to 117 schools with websites that mention PMPs, the uncritical acceptance of these programs by schools and teachers is of concern. Calls are made for professional bodies, teacher training institutions and government departments concerned with education to disseminate clear guidelines on effective interventions to schools and teachers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia