Discussions of physical activity in schools often focus on health-related outcomes, but there is also evidence for its integral role in academic achievement, cognition, and psychological adjustment. Written by a scientist-practitioner, Physical Activity and Student Learning explores the effects of physical activity within the broader context of educational psychology research and theory and brings the topic to a wider audience. With chapters on positive school behavior, executive function, and interventions, this concise volume is designed for any educational psychology or general education course that includes physical activity in the curriculum. This book establishes physical activity as an important part of all learning – not just physical education and recess – and will be indispensable for student researchers and both pre- and in-service teachers alike.
Introduction 1. Physical Activity Through the School Years 2. Executive Function and Academic Achievement 3. Mental Health and Positive Learning Behavior 4. Actively Moving Ahead with Interventions. Conclusions. Glossary. Index.
The Ed Psych Insights series translates major topics from educational psychology into accessible primers for general education students, teachers in training, and all education scholars. Thorough yet concise, expert-authored yet highly readable, each Ed Psych Insights book centers on a key construct that already has a high-level evidence base but that is increasingly integrating into teaching and into the Education sector’s broader discourse. Cognition, self-regulation, student assessment, classroom discussion, and emotions are just some of the issues already covered by the volumes of the series so far. Written in language common to stakeholders across Education and readable by the intelligent public, these books offer readers a basic working knowledge of the chosen construct.
Each book is approximately 40,000 words (140 book pages) and addresses the core meaning of its construct, takeaways from existing research, and implications for pedagogy. Rather than include extensive literature reviews or references more typical of scholarly writings, each volume limits in-text citations, instead using superscript numbers to lead readers to references at the end of the book (think Wikipedia). Glossaries are included to familiarize readers with the important terms and concepts described in the book.
The Ed Psych Insights series is edited by Patricia A. Alexander, University of Maryland, USA, and published by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis.