Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliot, Nathan


The purpose of this paper is to identify how movement affects a student’s academics and behavior within the academic setting. Through research, it was identified that the four main types of movement integration are movement breaks, active lessons, physical activity and physical education. The researchers that focused on the effects on academics used classroom based measures (CBMs) and standardized test to measure the impact of movement. The researchers that focused on the effects of behavior used trained observers and standardized concentration test. Overall, the researchers concluded that all forms of movement integration positively impact academics and behavior. Furthermore, the reduced amount of core instructional time to allow for the movement integration does not negatively affect academics.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis