An exploratory cluster randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of training for teachers upon children’s motor competency outcomes
Keywords:Fundamental Movement Skills, Movement Competency, Physical Education, Physical Literacy
Purpose: Primary school Physical Education (PE) teachers often do not possess the knowledge to sufficiently develop motor competency. This study presents an exploratory cluster randomised controlled trial that examined a teacher training programme, specifically motor competency PE delivery, in primary schools. Methods: Participants were children (n=136) aged 5-7 years, from eight primary schools (nine classes) located in Buckinghamshire, England. Measures were adapted from the Canadian ‘Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth’ methodology, including locomotion, throwing, kicking, and balancing. Pre-post measures were collected six months apart during the same academic year. A wait-list control group received no intervention. Results: Motor competency improved for both groups, yet analysis showed that the changes were not significantly different between groups. However, there was a tendency for greater effect and interval estimates [95% confidence intervals] in the intervention group across most variables. Conclusion: Teacher training may at best produce a small improvement in children’s motor competency. However, future research should test this with larger more powerful research designs.
Copyright (c) 2019 Steven Mann, Alex Lucas, Matthew Wade, Jack Shakespeare, Emily Budzynski-Seymour, Rebecca Conway, James Steele
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