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Macdonald, Kirstin; Milne, Nikki; Pope, Rodney; Orr, Robin – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2022
This study explored whether Year 1 school children exposed to a 12-week classroom-based gross motor program progressed differently than Year 1 children undertaking their regular school program in motor proficiency, mathematics, and reading outcomes. Fifty-five Australian Year 1 school children (25 boys, 30 girls, mean age 6.77 ± 0.40 years) were…
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Motor Development, Intervention, Mathematics Achievement
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Botha, Sharnay; Africa, Eileen K. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Movement is essential for learning. Previous research explored the relationship between movement and academic performance, however, evidence regarding the specific gross motor skills related to reading and spelling is lacking. The current study, therefore, investigated the effect a perceptual-motor intervention had on the relationship between…
Descriptors: Alphabets, Spelling, Psychomotor Skills, Correlation
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de Waal, Elna; Pienaar, Anita E. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Motor proficiency and socioeconomic status are considered critical role players in setting children on an early trajectory of academic failure or success. To determine longitudinal influences of motor proficiency (MP) and socioeconomic status (SES) on academic achievement of primary school learners, a mediating model was constructed and tested…
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Socioeconomic Status, Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students