Effekten av fysisk aktivitet i matematikundervisningen

Andreia Balan, Jenny Green

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The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of how physical activity can be used in school to create more favorable conditions for students' learning in mathematics. The study investigated the effect of physical activity in the long term on the students’ concentration, working memory and knowledge of mathematics via recurring short activity of physical activity. The study was conducted with 175 grade 7 students from four different schools. An initial task of seven minutes of pulse-raising exercises was introduced in five of the groups at the beginning of the mathematics lesson. The results show an improvement in the students' concentration and working memory in the intervention group compared to the control group. There was no significant difference between gender or ability, all were similarly affected by the physical activity. Students from different school environments are also affected by the physical activity in the same way.

Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)6-27
Number of pages21
JournalForskning om undervisning och lärande
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Didactics (50302)


  • Executive functions
  • Mathematical knowledge
  • Physical activity

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