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Learning Gains through Play - what are we measuring


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Evaluating the learning gains through the use of play in Grade R and Grade 1 in South Africa. Focus on 4 literacies - Fine motor, Gross motor, oral and visual literacies, using the Xbox Kinect games and Android apps.

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Learning Gains through Play - what are we measuring

  1. 1. Learning Gains through Play Assessment of Learners
  2. 2. The Foundation Phase forms the base for all future learning If this learning is not well- established, conceptual gaps open and widen in successive years
  3. 3. Employ innovative technologies which promote learner-centred activities and facilitate learning through play
  4. 4. Visual Literacy Oral Communication in English Fine-motor Skills Gross-motor Skills
  5. 5. Research shows that physical activity is significantly related to: • improved cognition (verified by 44 studies) • advancement of perceptual skills • raised IQs • increased academic achievement • success in reading (with locomotor skills) • success in Maths (with object-control skills)
  6. 6. The positive effect of physical activity is greatest at Foundation Phase (and Senior Phase) Lags in learning correlate with poorer gross-motor skills
  7. 7. Research shows that strong fine-motor skills: • correlate with better Maths performance at Foundation Phase entry • correlate with greater Maths gains over the first year of Foundation Phase • predict later achievement in mathematics • predict later achievement in reading • are critical for success in Foundation Phase
  8. 8. Tablets provide modern and engaging ways of developing handwriting skills but also introduce new fine-motor skills such as pinching, stretching, dragging and pin-pointing. The bulk of time allocated in CAPS to Writing in Grade R and Grade 1 is for the development of the fine-motor skills required for handwriting.
  9. 9. Research shows that oral language skills: • have a profound impact on preparedness for Foundation Phase • are a major determiner of success throughout an academic career • in English, are preferred by parents for teaching mathematics from Grade 1 (NEEDU Report of 2012)
  10. 10. Learners differ in mother tongue HL Schools range in LoLT and FAL Proficiency in English is valued Mastery by subconscious acquisition is the project target
  11. 11. •Visual recognition •Visual discrimination •Visual interpretation •Visual evaluation Visual literacy is key to academic achievement (21st Century Skills Report of 2003)
  12. 12. CAPS requires two P.E. scores Learner participation and movement performance LGP instruments focus on: Locomotor action skills and object-control action skills Each has a score for execution and a score for quality Progression from Grade R to Grade 1 Accommodated by increased distances and duration of actions
  13. 13. The manipulation and use of a writing / drawing tool
  14. 14. Where English is not home language Where English has been subconsciously acquired Instrument scripted accordingly
  15. 15. Visual discrimination Visual identification
  16. 16. Visual interpretation
  17. 17. Assessment results compared to academic achievement at school Comparison between project schools and control schools