Embodied learning in the classroom: Effects on primary school children’s attention and foreign language vocabulary learning

Schmidt, Mirko; Benzing, Valentin Johannes; Wallman-Jones, Amie Rae; Mavilidi, Myrto-Foteini; Lubans, David Revalds; Paas, Fred (2019). Embodied learning in the classroom: Effects on primary school children’s attention and foreign language vocabulary learning. Psychology of sport and exercise, 43, pp. 45-54. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.12.017

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Objectives: The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of specifically designed physical activities on primary school children’s foreign language vocabulary learning and attentional performance. Design: A total of 104 children aged between 8 and 10 years were assigned to either (a) an embodied learning condition consisting of task-relevant physical activities, (b) a physical activity condition involving task-irrelevant physical activities, or (c) a control condition consisting of a sedentary teaching style. Within a 2-week teaching program, consisting of four learning sessions, children had to learn 20 foreign language words. Method: Children were tested on their memory performance (cued recall test) after completion of the program and on their focused attention (d2-R test of attention) immediately after one learning session. Results: Linear mixed model analyses revealed both the embodied learning (d=1.12) and the physical activity condition (d=0.51) as being more effective in teaching children new words than the control condition. Children’s focused attention, however, did not differ between the three conditions. Conclusions: The results are discussed in the light of embodied cognition and cognitive load theory. Implications for the inclusion of specific physical activities during the school day are proposed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science I

UniBE Contributor:

Schmidt, Mirko; Benzing, Valentin Johannes and Wallman-Jones, Amie Rae

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1469-0292

Publisher:

Elsevier Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Valentin Johannes Benzing

Date Deposited:

26 Feb 2019 13:33

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 10:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.12.017

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127031

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127031

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