MA (Master of Arts)
Early Childhood Education
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Amy Malkus, Jane T. Broderick, Laurelle Phillips
The purpose of this study was to extend the knowledge of the relationship between movement and cognition by examining the impact of a sensory-motor program on the literacy skills of first grade learners from one elementary school in East Tennessee.
Literacy skills were evaluated using five subtests of the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessment.
A 2 x 2 x 2 mixed factorial MANOVA was used to analyze group, gender, and test time effects on multiple dependent variables. The analysis yielded a statistically significant result (p < .05) in gains for the movement group and a significant interaction between gender and group. Post hoc analysis indicated that participation in a movement program appeared to negatively impact males and positively impact females.
Replication of this study with a longer duration is strongly recommended to substantiate these findings.
Thesis - Open Access
Luppe, Kathy S., "The Effects of Movement on Literacy." (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2104. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2104
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