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Research on School Children Activities

Updated on January 15, 2013

Researcher who conduct studies on elementary school children activities add to the improvement of school programs and methods of teaching.  These new research studies are added along with new concepts in teaching. Research trends of the past are updated or adjusted to meet new views and approaches of our rapidly changing society. Elementary school administrators and teacher are responsive to changes and in finding way of presenting proven techniques in the classroom.       

Social Skills

High functioning autism and Aspergers syndrome children attended an eighteen week study that involved creating a project with blocks. As the children worked together they needed to communicate, cooperate and negotiate in order to construct their project. This research study showed a higher level of improvement in social skills when compared to autism and Asperger’s syndrome children who were given training in the social use of language. (See Cooperative construction projects)

Parenting Science: Social Skills Activities for Children and Teenagers: Ideas Inspired by Research


Sociologist Annette Lareau research has focused on the activities of childrearing among racially diverse classes. Her research returned that parenting activities were due more to class than to race. Middle-class families raise their children more as a project whereas the poor focused on keeping their children safe. Her conclusion was that both classes had their benefits and drawbacks, but the middle-class children were taught how to navigate through the education system and were therefore more successful. 

Physical Activity

Research on mental retardation (MR) was conducted by Healthy People 2010 in order to help eliminate health disparities of people with disabilities. Their research revolved around the physical activity of MR and elementary school children. They recorded the physical activity levels of thirty-three children without MR and nine children with mild MR. The results of the research found differences in physical activity that began as early as the elementary school years.

Montessori Method

Maria Montessori had a special interest in children of special needs and in 1907, was given a chance to study fifty normal poor children. Her research with these children would become the Montessori Method. Montessori at first was called the Going Out method. Her teaching method was to supply the class with activities surrounding a subject and along with some of the material for learning, but not all of the material. The children would have to go out beyond the class to find more information. She discovered the children worked to a much higher level than was thought for their age group. The Going Out method turned into the Montessori Method for elementary children ages 6-12. She would begin the class with the required curriculum of the time and would adapt the lessons into art and science activities. The children were able to use the material provided in an open-ended research, which allowed them to follow their own interest and encourages additional research. 


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      Kathryn L Hill 5 years ago from LA

      Oh Yes ... The environment she provided gave boundaries and freedom. (You can't have one without the other. They are of two sides of the same coin.) My children were instructed by a woman named Maria Peerzada. She was trained by Dr. Montessori in a school she had established in the south of India. (Montessori was exiled there during the days of Mussolini.) I saw how firm Mrs. Peerzada was in setting boundaries. These boundaries were to prevent the ego and outer consciousness of the child to interfere with the unconscious urges of the inner life. This allows the inner spirit to work, spontaneously developing many abilities through intinsic motivation and interest in the many activities of the classroom. The Directress's job is to encourage new areas of self mastery and education, but she also is to observe and determine what the child is being naturally drawn to. Of course this is until the age of 6. After that, a Montessori child is quite tuned into hIs own interest and joy of life.

      It is difficult to explain what she discovered in these modern times. Unless you see it action, like I did, you just don't get it. Unfortunately, most of the teachers she hand- trained are no longer with us. That's why I am focusing on her work. I want keep her light of knowledge alive. Also I am STILL trying to get it. I reflect and remember my children's days in her school even now.She helped me tremendously. PLease refer to my hubs if you are interested.

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      dragonflyfla 5 years ago from South Florida

      Hi Kathryn,

      Montessori is so right to address the child and their environment but I believe the child needs direction and facts! They can't discover eveything. The teacher should play on their interest. What do you think?

      Thanks for your comment and stopping by.


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      Kathryn L Hill 5 years ago from LA

      Maria Montessori was tuned into the reality of the child and what he required in order to adapt to his environment, be happy and functional in it. It's all about that. More and more I am thinking that the stress put on grades should ultimately be downplayed by adults. Let the child adapt to his environment with his inner life intact. We make our kids too conscious. Let the sub conscious and nature do what it must. The will is to the psyche what the heart is to the body. This is subtle, but the concept must eventually take hold if civilization is to continue!