Research on School Children Activities
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Social skills activities for children and teenagers
These research-inspired social skills activities may help kids and teens learn to listen, cooperate, negotiate, and
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Dr. Maria Montessori, MD, the founder of the Montessoi Method ofeducation, an overview of her life and work