A DESCRIPTION OF MOVEMENT-BASED PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN AGES 3-5
Robertson, Martha Bratton
Ennis, Catherine D
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This research examined how movement companies serving children ages 3-5 implemented critical pedagogical components suggested in the NASPE Standards for Preschool programs. The participants were directors and teachers of three companies who traveled to daycare settings. Three data collection methods, observation, documentation analysis, and interviews, were used to describe program philosophy and content scope and sequence as implemented and compare them with current best practices for this age group. Data were analyzed using open, axial, and selective coding. Findings suggested that none of the program directors or teachers was aware of the NASPE Standards. Programs varied according to type and degree of teacher training and beliefs. These two factors influenced teachers’ ability to provide effective programs and empower students to make decisions and solve problems creatively. Although all teachers reported feelings of empowerment, they varied in their willingness and ability to empower preschool children.