Best practice? advice provided to teachers about the use of Brain Gym ® in Australian schools

Jennifer Stephenson*

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Abstract

Perceptual motor programs continue to be used in Australian schools despite evidence showing they do not influence academic learning. Brain Gym ® is one perceptual motor program that is used in schools in Australia and overseas. There is little evidence to support the claims made about the benefits of Brain Gym ®; its theoretical underpinning has been subject to criticism by neuroscientists. A search was made of Internet sites, including state department of education sites to locate information provided to teachers about Brain Gym ®. Although education departments and others responsible for providing advice and professional development to teachers espouse research-based practice, they continue to endorse and support the use of Brain Gym ®.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-124
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Education
Volume53
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

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