The integration of kinesthetic learning through the math & movement program: pilot study
SubjectMathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- United States.; Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs -- United States.; Activity programs in education.; Thesis.
The primary purpose of this pilot study was to verify that the use of kinesthetic learning (Math & Movement Program) in the classroom increases retention of multiplication facts at a greater rate than traditional drill and practice. The population size of this study included 213 third and fourth grade students during the second half of the 2011-2012 school years. The instrument used to collect data was a math exam focusing on student understanding of their multiplication facts. Results from the ANOVA test of within subjects contrasts showed no significant difference for the experimental group and control group, whereas results from the test of between subjects effects (comparing both groups) showed a significant difference between the two subjects. The results indicated that the control group’s overall average score was higher than the experimental group’s overall average score. Results from the research study provided no significant relationship between kinesthetic learning and academic achievement. Additional research as to how kinesthetic learning impacts the performance of the brain and its role on cognition needs to be further investigated.