Effects of physical activity on executive functions

A few years ago, parents and teachers may be surprised by this news article:


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It is counterintuitive for many: How can students concentrate when they are constantly moving, and in class! Well, apparently, some teachers found it the opposite. Indeed, psychologists and scientists may agree with this finding:


de Greeff, J. W., Bosker, R. J., Oosterlaan, J., Visscher, C., & Hartman, E. (2018). Effects of physical activity on executive functions, attention and academic performance in preadolescent children: A meta-analysis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21(5), 501–507. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2017.09.595

Read the news and journal article provided above.
Review relevant chapters in the text, particularly on the cognitive view of learning and the complex cognitive processes (that is, unit 3-5). If you find that behaviorism (unit 2) is also relevant, then definitely review that chapter.
Write an essay that: 1) summarize the articles, 2) connect the assigned articles to the text (do you think they agree with each other? Why or why not?), and 3) articulate how you can use the information from these articles in your future teaching/coaching profession.

Format: APA style with a title page and abstract, double-spaced with 1″ margin, letter-size paper, a list of references (i.e., bibliography) in APA style is required (if you borrow others’ ideas without giving them the due credit, the paper is considered plagiarized). No hard copy will be accepted.


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