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Title: Beyond the obstacle course: Developing movement skills in young children
Contributor(s): Sanders, Lesley (author); Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstract: Play is recognised as the medium for young children to learn about their bodies and its movement capabilities. However, recent criticism suggests that the structure of outdoor play, and the philosophical frameworks guiding early childhood physical activity programs, do not adequately develop fundamental movement skills (FMS) in all children (Cullen, 1993; Walkley, Holland, Treloar, & Probyn-Smith, 1993). The purpose of this paper is to report preliminary findings of an evaluative case study carried out over two school terms in Western Australia, which examined the outcomes achieved by children experiencing a FMS program encompassing Vygotskian theory. Specifically, the paper will report on three Western Australian pre-primary classes (5-year-old children) that were involved in the case study. One class (n=28 children) experienced a FMS program incorporated into free play, while the other two classes were multi-age groups with the pre-primary children integrated with Year 1 children. These classes experienced a FMS program as an independent learning area session. Vygotskian theory guided the teaching/learning practices in all three FMS programs. The results of this study support the call for improved early childhood FMS programs and a shift in philosophy guiding the implementation of such programs, if fundamental movement skill outcomes are to be achieved.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 10(1), p. 109-120
Publisher: Faculty of Education, Monash University
Place of Publication: Frankston, Vic.
ISSN: 1320-6648
Field of Research (FOR): 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
111704 Community Child Health
110603 Motor Control
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
920501 Child Health
940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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