Running to achieve: engaging students in literacy and physical activity through and after-school learning community

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dc.contributor Coleman, Julianne M.
dc.contributor Kuntz, Aaron M.
dc.contributor Curtner-Smith, Matthew
dc.contributor.advisor Donovan, Carol A.
dc.contributor.advisor Sekeres, Diane C. Vanzandt, Christina Beth 2017-03-01T14:47:37Z 2017-03-01T14:47:37Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000716
dc.identifier.other Vanzandt_alatus_0004D_10843
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this participant-observation study is to describe rural, southern, 3rd-5th grade children's engagement in running and writing in an after-school learning community called Running to Achieve. This study provides insights into links between physical activity and writing by using one to engage students in the other. Three characteristics that emerged through data revealed that the learning community was a place where running and writing were social activities, teacher-student relationships were fostered, and self-efficacy was developed. Motivation and engagement styles were identified and shaped as students demonstrated growth in running and writing as a result of their participation. The results of this study suggest that future research focus on the following areas: examining the benefits of physical activity in learning, establishing learning communities in elementary schools, and shaping identities through participation in learning communities.
dc.format.extent 187 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Elementary education
dc.title Running to achieve: engaging students in literacy and physical activity through and after-school learning community
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction Elementary Education The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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