A study of the use of creative movement in the kindergarten

Dwyer, Gertrude (1987) A study of the use of creative movement in the kindergarten. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was threefold. The study examined: (i) the extent to which provision is made by the Provincial Department of Education for the instruction of kindergarten children in movement education, (ii) the degree to which movement education contributes to learning in young children, and the means by which it can be implemented in a classroom setting, and (iii) the extent to which movement education is being implemented in kindergarten classes in our Province. -- Scheduled interviews were conducted with the Provincial Department of Education's Early Childhood Coordinator and the Provincial Department of Education's Primary School Coordinator. -- A questionnaire was distributed to seventy kindergarten teachers representing two each from the thirty-five school boards in the Province. Fifty, or seventy percent, of the teacher questionnaires were completed and returned to the examiner. -- An observation session of one-half day's duration was carried out in each of ten kindergarten classrooms, two from each of five school boards in the Province. -- A review of the literature revealed that movement education is a significant medium for cognitive, social, emotional and motor development through the child's preschool and primary years. -- Findings from all of the sources of data in the study suggest that Creative Movement has not received its due recognition as a necessary and integral part of early childhood education in the Province's kindergartens. Based on these findings, recommendations were made for further research and for the provision of additional resource materials for use by kindergarten teachers in teaching Creative Movement, as well as for pre-service and inservice training in the appropriate content and methodology of Creative Movement.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7963
Item ID: 7963
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 128-135.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1987
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Movement education--Newfoundland and Labrador; Kindergarten--Newfoundland and Labrador--Activity programs

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