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August 08, 2021 Sunday 08:41:45 AM IST

Locomotor Skills Vital in Early Education

A new study by University of Geneva on 706 pupils aged between 3 and 6 has shown that along with socio-emotional skills, locomotor activity should be added as fundamental skills in early education. It was found that emotion knowledge, locomotor activity and social behaviour were interdependent and associated with pupil's numerical skills.  Emotion knowledge was assessed through two emotion comprehension tasks. The first measured the recognition of the primary emotions of anger, fear, joy and sadness. Working closely with the teachers and their advisor, the psychologists developed observation grids to assess the locomotor activity and social behaviour of the pupils. For locomotor activity, the grid created made it possible to rate the children’s performance on an agility course consisting of various installations on the ground and in the air. The 33 volunteer teachers were involved in the project. It was concluded that high scores in socio-emotional skills and locomotor activity predict better mathematical performance in these students.

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