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Children who spend three-quarters of their time in sedentary behavior have up to nine times poorer motor coordination than active peers

Children who spend three-quarters of their time in sedentary behavior have up to nine times poorer motor coordination than active peers | Research, sustainability and learning | Scoop.it

American Journal of Human Biology

 

The study, involving Portuguese children, found that physical activity alone was not enough to overcome the negative effect of sedentary behaviour on basic motor coordination skills such as walking, throwing or catching, which are considered the building blocks of more complex movements.

 

"Childhood is a critical time for the development of motor coordination skills which are essential for health and well-being," said lead author Dr Luis Lopes, from the University of Minho. "We know that sedentary lifestyles have a negative effect on these skills and are associated with decreased fitness, lower self-esteem, decreased academic achievement and increased obesity."

 

Dr Lopes' team studied 110 girls and 103 boys aged nine to ten from 13 urban elementary schools. The children's sedentary behaviour and physical activity were objectively measured with accelerometers (a small device that children attach to their waist that quantifies movement counts and intensities) over five consecutive days. Motor coordination was evaluated with the KTK test (Körperkoordination Test für Kinder), which includes balance, jumping laterally, hopping on one leg over an obstacle and shifting platforms.

 

The tests were supplemented with a questionnaire for parents to assess health variables, before the authors compiled the results into three models to calculate odd ratios for predicting motor coordination. These were adjusted for physical activity, accelerometer wear time, waist to height ratio and home variables.

 

Read more http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120815082723.htm

 

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Theory of Mind

Understanding that other people can think and feel differently from you is an essential skill in relation to sustainable development. Understanding how other minds work is a competence children master around the age of 4.

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Exploring the Relationship between Digital Nature Photography and Children’s Connectedness to Nature

Exploring the Relationship between Digital Nature Photography and Children’s Connectedness to Nature | Research, sustainability and learning | Scoop.it

MSc Thesis by Seth F. Spencer

University of Minnesota Duluth| 2012

 

Digital photography can be an enjoyable and exciting activity for children. It may also increase connectedness to nature levels. Questionnaires were sent to four different Duluth, MN area 4th grade classrooms. The questionnaire was comprised of the Connectedness to Nature Index (Cheng & Monroe, 2010) and one open-ended question. The questionnaire was given as a pretest and a posttest, after two of the schools participated in a program using digital cameras. Eight-five percent (n=99) responded to the questionnaire.

 

Findings of the study revealed that the respondents generally had a strong connectedness to nature before and after their use of digital cameras. While quantitative data showed no significant change between pretest and posttest connectedness to nature levels, qualitative and anecdotal data suggested that the use of digital cameras can influence connectedness to nature levels in children. The results may be used to emphasize the importance of finding new and creative ways to connect today’s children with a sense of connectedness to nature

 

Download the thesis report: http://hdl.handle.net/10792/325 or

http://d-commons.d.umn.edu:8180/jspui/handle/10792/325

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Linda Wilson's comment, August 20, 2012 1:35 PM
Interesting study. I tried to download the pdf but Internet Explorer says it can't download it. Is there another way? Perhaps contact information for Mr. Spencer?
Rebekah Tauritz's comment, August 20, 2012 1:43 PM
Hi lwilson, I don't know why IE can't download the file. I use Firefox, but I thought IE is used more commonly. I added a second link, does this work for you? Or perhaps you can use Firefox..?

Rebekah