Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Wilson, Louise


Brain-based teaching is an evidence based teaching philosophy that is widely accepted as successful practice. This philosophy revolves around teaching to how the brain functions. One aspect of this practice is relating movement to increasing brain function. This literature review examines studies where students were assessed on their academic performance after having engaged in different forms of movement, including physical education classes, organized programs, and specific movement sequences. While it is concluded that there are many factors that impact a student's performance, research shows that there is an established positive correlation between movement and exercise, and an increase in academic performance. This positive correlation initiated suggestions of ways of which teachers and parents can incorporate physical movement into their student’s day to increase the child’s academic performance. These suggestions include simple movements that are easy to implement, a concept titled ‘active-social learning’, and organized programs requiring training and time to implement.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis