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ERIC Number: EJ987665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
Hocus Focus: Evaluating the Academic and Functional Benefits of Integrating Magic Tricks in the Classroom
Spencer, Kevin
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v13 n1 p87-99 Spr 2012
As a society, we are looking to schools to be or become settings where our children learn the skills for successful adulthood. We are asking educators to teach an increasingly heterogeneous population of students, some of which face additional learning challenges. Many of these students have--or will have--a significant need to develop not only academic skills but also functional and social skills. However, instruction that addresses these needs is often not a component of the school-wide curriculum. This project was implemented to determine if learning and performing magic tricks as a part of an educational activity could bring about improvements in specific areas for special learners. Teachers used the Hocus Focus[TM] curriculum for this project. This is an activity-based, academic and functional curriculum that integrates simple magic tricks into classroom instruction in an organized, systematic manner. Results demonstrated that the learning and performing of magic tricks could impact all three domains of learning resulting in student improvement in on task behaviors, planning and sequencing, socialization and meaningful conversation, and fine motor skills/dexterity. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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