Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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    Author Angela Barker

     

    Gagen, L. M., & Getchell, N. (2006). Using 'constraints' to design developmentally appropriate movement activities for early childhood education. Early Childhood Education Journal,34(3), 227-232. Retrieved March 8, 2011. doi: 10.1007/s10643-006-0135-6

    In this report, the authors expressed concern that, although play is recognized as a vital part of children’s psychomotor and affective development, early childhood educators receive seemingly little guidance as to teaching movement in systematic, age-appropriate ways. Gagen and Getchell cited two problems most often found in preschool programs’ implementation of movement education: 1) the movement activities do not meet the educational requirements established by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), and 2) the teacher responsible for movement education lacks training or experience in planning and delivering developmentally appropriate movement activities.

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