Motor skills and school performance in children with daily physical education in school : a 9-year intervention study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Motor skills and school performance in children with daily physical education in school : a 9-year intervention study
Author(s) Ericsson, Ingegerd ; Karlsson, Magnus
Date 2014
English abstract
The aim was to study long-term effects on motor skills and school performance of increased Physical Education. All pupils born 1990-92 from one school were included in a longitudinal study during nine years. An intervention group (n=129) achieved daily PE (5x45 minutes/week) and if needed one extra lesson of adapted motor training. The control group (n=91) had PE two lessons/week. Motor skills were evaluated by the MUGI observation checklist and school achievements by marks in Swedish, English, Mathematics, PE and proportion of pupils who qualified for upper secondary school. Findings: In school year 9 there were no motor skills deficits in 93% of pupils in the intervention group compared to 53% in the control group (p<0.001), 96% of the pupils in the intervention group compared to 89% in the control group (p<0.05) qualified for upper secondary school. The sum of evaluated marks was higher among boys in the intervention group than in the control group (p<0.05). Interpretation: Daily PEH and adapted motor skills training during the compulsory school years is a feasible way to improve not only motor skills but also school performance and the proportion of pupils who qualify for upper secondary school. Key words: Compulsory school, grading, learning, Mugi observation checklist, motor training, physical education, pupil, upper secondary school.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0838.2012.01458.x (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports;2
Volume 24
ISSN 1600-0838
Pages 273–278
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Compulsory school
grading
learning
Mugi observation checklist
motor training
physical education
pupil
upper secondary school
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13713 (link to this page)

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