The effect of teacher training on movement implementation in elementary classrooms Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this dissertation was to explore the effect of teacher training on the nature and context of movement instruction in Oregon elementary schools. While there are numerous instructional guides and many anecdotal descriptions of classroom movement highlighting the work of movement arts specialists, to the best of our knowledge, no systematic study has been conducted to investigate the implementation of classroom movement instruction by general classroom teachers. In the first phase of the project, a survey on classroom movement was designed and validated with input from ten classroom teachers and five movement specialists. Then it was administered to117 Oregon elementary teachers with mixed levels of training in classroom movement techniques. The survey results found that teachers with higher levels of movement training were statistically more likely to use quick energizers, creative movement, dramatic skits and traditional folk dance than teachers with less training. In addition, teachers with higher levels of movement training were statistically more likely to feel successful at using classroom movement to convey curricular content. The survey was then augmented with observations of eight elementary teachers with high levels of movement training as they implemented classroom movement activities. An analysis of these lessons found that the characteristics of classroom movement implementation that most closely correlated to higher levels of student engagement were positive teacher attitude toward student motility, sequential instructional delivery, use of management strategies that were pre-structured into the activity, and the pre-teaching of kinesthetic relationship.
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