Research in FFCA

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An Evaluation of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in an Elementary School QDPE Program - Dwayne Sheehan
In the July issue of Physical & Health Education Journal the published research article, An Evaluation of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in the Elementary School QDPE Program by Dr. Dwayne Sheehan, discusses the findings of the study conducted at the Southwest Elementary Campus. The aim of the study was to determine if children could attain 50% MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) during PE class time when led by a kinesiology trained PE specialist.

A Look at Grade 2 Writing: Successes and Challenges in Early Literacy Development
A strong foundation in the skills of printing and spelling is discussed as key components in early literacy development to the end of Grade 2. 

From Thought, to Words, to Print: Early Literacy Development in Grade 2
The study discussed in the this article explores how printing, spelling and vocabulary choices influence the quality of writing at the end of Grade 2.


Gross Motor Competence and Peak Height Velocity in 10-14 Year-olds
FFCA was involved in a longitudinal research study undertaken by Dr. Dwayne Sheehan and Dr. Karin Lienhard designed to evaluate gross motor competence and growth spurt in Canadian youth. Eighty-two children were assessed over a time period of five years with growth rate was measured quarterly and motor competence evaluated once per year. Peak height velocity (PHV) occurred at a significantly younger age in the girls than the boys and growth rate during PHV was significantly greater in the boys than the girls. Gross motor competence outcomes were significantly above the North American normative scores over the measured time period. After the occurrence of PHV, strength, strength/agility, and gross motor skill significantly decreased in girls, and running speed/agility significantly decreased in boys. This finding emphasizes that motor competence in pre-adolescent children may suddenly decrease after their growth spurt.

Reducing the Object Control Skills Gender Gap in Elementary School Boys and Girls
Dwayne P. Sheehan, Karin Lienhard, Diala Ammar conducted this study aimed to understand the effect of a customized physical education (PE) program on object control skills (OCS) in third grade schoolgirls, and to compare their skills to their male counterparts. This research suggests that a six-week all-girls intervention program reduces the variance in OCS proficiency in pre-adolescent boys and girls.

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