M.S. in Teaching: Collaborative Teaching
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Fourth grade (Education); Movement education
Elementary Education and Teaching
The purpose of this research study was to determine what happens when movement and kinesthetic learning are implemented academically in a fourth-grade regular education classroom. Kinesthetics were used to help teach a social studies unit on Europeans in New Jersey and were later infused into the classroom curriculum. Qualitative inquiry strategies such as video-taped lessons, student written feedback, individual interviews, and observations written in my own teacher research journal were used to collect data. Sorting and categorizing data within and between data sources revealed that the kinesthetic learning lead to increased understanding of the topics being studied, heightened student engagement, and fostered positive collaborative experiences among the students. Implications for teaching academic content using kinesthetic learning are discussed.
Fulginiti, Elise, "Using movement and kinesthetic learning to teach academics in a fourth grade classroom" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 615.