Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data in this project was collected using three different methods, and presented two major themes. The first theme being that the use of brain breaks in the classroom improves student morale and classroom environment. The second theme is that the use of brain breaks in the classroom leans toward a trend that suggest improvement in student engagement in the classroom.

Data from the student on task/off task engagement observations is presented in the following table.

Day Before Brain Gym Implementation During Brain Gym Implementation Change
1 82% 80% -2
2 83% 82% +1
3 85% 83% -2
4 85% 85% 0
5 84% 85% +1
6 84% 86% +2
7 83% 86% +3
8 83% 95% +12

Before implementing Brain Gym in the classroom, student engagement levels were between 82% and 85%. After Brain Gym implementation there is a slow, but clear pattern of improvement with each day that the program was implemented. Though at the beginning of implementation the student engagement rate dropped. It can be assumed that students were thrown of by the change in routine, and the challenge of trying out something new. However, after an initial setback, the engagement levels demonstrate clear but increasing gains with each day. By the final day of data collection, the student had reached and ideal level of engagement.

The second method of data collection supports the first and second theme. Each student who participated in the Brain Gym implementation was given a survey to complete answering questions about their feelings and opinions of the use of Brain Gym in the classroom. Eleven students total were surveyed. The following table complies student response rates.

Happy Face Okay Face Sad Face Ready to Learn Warmed-Up Hyper Sleepy Bored Refreshed
7 4 0 7 7 4 2 3 6

It is very clear that a majority of the students and participants enjoy the Brain Gym activities and that only a few of these student feel neutral about the activities, but none of the students find the activities to be negative experiences. Whether the numerical data represents it or not, if the students think they feel warmed up and ready to learn after doing the Brain Gym activities, then their engagement will improve. The vast majority of students replied positively on the student survey. Many of the students responded that they enjoy Brain Gym and that they feel better after they have done them. The fact that the students enjoy the activities helps contribute towards their positive morale as students in a rigorous academic setting and helps improve the classroom environment.

Lastly, a focus group was conducted to develop and understanding of what the activities mean to the students and how they affect their ability to learn and work productively in the classroom. The results of the focus group conversation support the second theme that the data presented. After concluding the conversation and discussion the eight focus group questions with the four students selected, I was able to understand the students’ value of physical activity in the classroom and the way it is applied in their classroom. The students think that physical activity is important and should be used in the classroom. They believe that it helps them learn better to move around and have some freedom in the classroom. They believe that Brain Gym is good and helps them learn better because it gives them a break while in class. They like the way the activities are going on class and the way that physical activity is incorporated into regular activities and had no suggestions on how to change or improve its use in the classroom. These results support the second theme that student morale and classroom environment are improved by the use of Brain Gym activities.

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10 thoughts on “Data Analysis

  1. I like how you put together your data analysis, especially the table because it supports your findings. After reading your paper, I think you may have a sentence that could be considered biased. The sentence states, “After Brain Gym implementation there is a slow, but clear pattern of improvement with each day that the program was implemented.” I think that you should just write that there is a “marked pattern of improvement” instead of slow, but clear. Maybe it is just me, but I thought it might be worth looking into and seeing if you feel it needs to be changed. I could be wrong. It is really hard for me to stay impartial..it’s just a struggle. I really like how your organized your analysis, it is very clear and easy to follow!

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    • I agree it is very difficult to stay impartial during analysis! I found myself writing and rewriting, and staring at my computer thinking how can I say this without bias?! Thank you for your suggestion, I think your idea is much better and I am going to make the change right now! Thanks!!

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  2. I really like how you laid this out and it was very well written.. As for the bias, consider removing phrases like, “It is very clear” and replace with something sterile like “The majority of students…”.
    Another suggestions is to leave out this sentence: “It can be assumed that students were thrown of by the change in routine, and the challenge of trying out something new.” Save that sort of interpretation for the Discussion section where you dive into “Why” you think the results turned out the way they did.
    Lastly, maybe rephrase the sentence: “Whether the numerical data represents it or not, if the students think they feel warmed up and ready to learn after doing the Brain Gym activities, then their engagement will improve.” To say something like: “Despite the discrepancy in numerical data, students who feel warmed up and ready to learn after Brain Gym activities will be more engaged.” But now that I think about it, that begins to sound somewhat bias.
    Just a few thoughts/suggestions.

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    • I will be interested to see your Ashley. Apparently my analysis wasn’t deep enough, I’m not too sure what that means. It’s very hard to analyze data with out beginning to discuss it. I’m finding it very hard to separate the analysis and discussion sections. Are you still working on yours?

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  3. When I read the sample papers, they only have one section titled “findings”. I was thinking we would have an “Analysis” section and a “Discussion” section. Maybe when its all said and done we will put them together? Or do we do that now? These are things I’ll be asking tonight in the twitter chat.

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