Fundamental movement skills: Children's perspectives

Beth Hands
University of Notre Dame
Marie Martin
Connecting Learning

Ample evidence exists about the importance of physical activity for developing and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. As many habits are formed when young, well-planned and effective movement programs specifically designed for young children are important.

In this paper, the influence of a new teaching resource designed to support teachers in implementing a fundamental movement skill program on the children in the classes is presented using a case study approach. The case studies were constructed with teachers and children in a range of early childhood settings. The impact of the program on the children's level of confidence, knowledge of fundamental movement skills and personal physical activity level is presented. This information was gathered using direct observation methods, observation records and questionnaires. The findings indicated an increase in the children's physical activity levels, confidence and knowledge about fundamental movement skills.

AJEC Volume 28 No.4 December 2003

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