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ERIC Number: EJ1213171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0273-5024
The Impact of Circus Arts Instruction in Physical Education on the Physical Literacy of Children in Grades 4 and 5
Kriellaars, Dean J.; Cairney, John; Bortoleto, Marco A. C.; Kiez, Tia K. M.; Dudley, Dean; Aubertin, Patrice
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v38 n2 p162-170 Apr 2019
Objective: To examine the impact of circus arts instruction in physical education (PE) on the physical literacy of children in Grades 4 and 5. Methods: A clustered, quasi-experimental design was used comparing children in schools with circus arts instruction in physical education (n = 101) with children in socioeconomic status-matched schools using standard PE instruction (n = 110). Physical literacy assessments performed at the beginning and end of one semester using the Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth tools. Results: Significant improvements in motor competence for both groups; endpoint differences favored the circus arts instruction in physical education schools for 15 of 18 movement skills for Grade 5 and 7 of 18 skills for Grade 4 (p < 0.05), with corresponding increases in children's confidence and comprehension of movement terminology, as well as active participation. The gap in motor competence between girls and boys in the circus arts instruction in physical education schools was smaller than in standard PE schools. Conclusions: Circus arts instruction enriched PE can effectively aid in the development of physical literacy in children with greater gender equity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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