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dc.contributor.advisorAssaf, Lori Czop
dc.contributor.authorTurner, Tia
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-06T16:57:56Z
dc.date.available2014-06-06T16:57:56Z
dc.date.issued2014-05
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5082
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For Graduation in the Honors College, approved May 2014.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis research looks at peer-reviewed articles related to the impact physical activity has on cognitive development. I attended a conference where I heard from experts about the positive impact physical activity has on the brain. Many elementary and secondary schools are cutting physical education courses in exchange for bolstered core curriculum classes as a result of budgetary constraints or pressure to improve academic standings. By synthesizing the data from multiple studies which analyzed the affect of physical activity on cognition, my goal was to find commonalities in the duration and type of exercises researchers used. The hope was to identify the most effective exercises which could then be adapted for classrooms. I found that most articles did not specify the type of physical activity performed, and there was no consensus as to the optimal activity. Benefits start with five minutes of physical activity, with optimal cognitive benefits after 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity. I then surveyed two dozen teachers for their opinions about physical activity, cognitive development, and the feasibility of implementing physical activity in their classrooms. Most of those surveyed were aware of the relationship, but cited implementation difficulties due to constraints of time and physical classroom size. Twenty of those surveyed stated willingness to implement a brief non-disruptive activity. My conclusion is that students can gain cognitive benefits from brief physical activities such as stretching or breathing exercises while in the classroom. A program should be developed giving educators training for use in the classroom.en_US
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dc.format.extent39 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectCognitive developmenten_US
dc.subjectPhysical activityen_US
dc.subjectBrain researchen_US
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.subjectChildrenen_US
dc.subjectExerciseen_US
dc.titleThinking Caps and Running Laps: Exploring the Importance of Physical Activity and Cognitive Developmenten_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instruction
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University


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