Publication Date

2000

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Diane Larsen-Freeman

Abstract

This thesis is a summary of my experience working with the theory of Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K) in the foreign language classroom environment. It may serve as a guide for anyone who is interested in tapping into the full potential of students’ brains within a structured learning environment.

A case study is presented here examining the effects of educational kinesiology on two groups of kindergarten students I taught simultaneously in my EFL classroom in Taiwan.

I chose to assess their attitudes toward different classroom activities, including those geared toward improving listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as the overall attitude toward learning EFL. I also looked for any measurable difference in student performance over the course of the study.

Included are suggestions for teacher who may be interested in incorporating movement in their classrooms, along with samples of evaluation forms used in the study.

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Psychology | First and Second Language Acquisition | Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education