Thesis Title

The Role of Kinesthestics in Learning the Importance of Active Engagement and the Connected Process of Reflection

Graduation Date

Spring 1994

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name



This study examined the role kinesthetics play in learning. The importance of active engagement and the connected process of reflection, and how they affect cognitive development. This study examined the difference in scores on the fONl-2, a test of cognitive abilities, between subjects given lessons with and without a kinesthetic element. In this study the kinesthetic element involved the use of pantomime, dramatization, rhythm clapping, drawing, collage, and sculpture. The subjects were 16 students, 8 boys and 8 girls, between the age of 5 and 6 years in a combined kindergarten and first grade class. The methodology used was a pretest, posttest, experimental design. Results reported as simple means indicated that cognitive skills improved slightly when the kinesthetic clement was present.

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