The effects of karate as a physical activity intervention on secondary school pupils’ cognition, executive function and classroom behaviours

Booton, Rachel (2016) The effects of karate as a physical activity intervention on secondary school pupils’ cognition, executive function and classroom behaviours. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This study explored the effects of a karate intervention on the cognition, executive function and classroom behaviours of secondary school pupils. Participants were six year eight students (12.7±.5 years) from a bottom set mathematics class of a secondary school in the south of England. Cognitive measures and classroom behaviours were assessed prior to, throughout and at the end of the intervention, using a logic and reasoning task, Stroop Colour-Word test and adapted Direct Behaviour Rating scale. The intervention was a six week karate program lead by the participants’ Physical Education teacher who is a qualified martial arts instructor. A social validation interview was conducted after all the data was collected. To assess the effects of the karate the raw data was reported for each participant. Responses to the measures, as a result of the karate, varied between the participants, with some significant positive and negative deviations from group trends. Links were shown between the responses in the incongruent condition of the Stroop Colour-Word test and classroom behaviours for four of the participants, as a consequence of the karate. The results show that karate may be a mediator of executive function and classroom behaviour, so interventions such as this may be used in schools in the future. It further reinforces the need for Physical Education in the curriculum where the physical activity directly impacts on other aspects of learning.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2017 15:27
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 15:27
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2666

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