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The influence of movement games on the level of psychomotor development and social integration of students with SEN in the primary cycle

Author: Constantin Iuliana Luminiţa
Degree:doctor of pedagogics
Speciality: 13.00.04 - Theory and Methodology of Physical Education, Sport Training and Physical Culture of Recuperation
Scientific adviser: CHIRAZI Marin
doctor în stiințe pedagogice, profesor universitar, Universitatea ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, Iași, România
Institution: The State University of Physical Education and Sports


The thesis was presented on the 2 November, 2022 at the meeting of the Scientific Council and now it is under consideration of the National Council.


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primary school students, adapted movement games, influence, social integration, psychomotor development, students with special educational needs


Thesis structure includes annotations, list of abbreviations, introduction, three chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography (221 sources), 21 appendices, 167 pages of basic text, 56 figures, 10 tables. The obtained research results were published in 10 articles.

The aim of the paper is to optimize the physical education teaching process by using movement games adapted according to the school curriculum, in order to establish their influence on the level of psychomotor development and social integration of students with SEN in the primary cycle (2nd grade).

Research objectives: the study of the theme in the specialized literature and the selection of specific means to achieve the pursued objectives; the application of the questionnaires to physical education and sports teachers in Iași, to primary education teachers in the school unit where the experimental phase took place, as well as the use of the observation sheet, the application of psychomotor tests and the sociometric test; establishing the stages of organization and conduct of the research; the development of the experimental program with adapted movement games, as a means of action for the psychomotor development and integration of students with SEN in the primary cycle; the elaboration of the evaluation criteria, the initial and final testing of the sample, the recording and comparison of the results obtained by the experimental class with those obtained by the control class, as a result of the application of the adapted movement games.

Scientific novelty and originality consists in analyzing the impact of adapted movement games on the level of psychomotor development and social integration of students with SEN in the primary cycle, especially those diagnosed with ASD, by making observation sheets, applying the sociometric method, performing psychomotor tests and developing an experimental program with adapted movement games, using brightly colored materials, according to the current school curriculum.

The results obtained that contribute to the solution of an important scientific problem consist in the theoretical and experimental substantiation of the movement games adapted to students with SEN in the 2nd grade, and the implementation of the games led to social integration in the class group, in that it was possible to reduce or eliminate certain deviant behaviors, which which made the perception of colleagues with SEN to be much closer to their real qualities and to make friends with each other, at the same time observing their progress from a psychomotor point of view, recording favorable results in the applied tests.

Theoretical significance aims at the theoretical argumentation of the inclusion in the school program and physical education classes in the primary cycle of movement games adapted to students with SEN, especially those diagnosed with ASD.

Applicability consists in the fact that the results of the conducted research can be used in physical education lessons in primary education (2nd grade), by physical education teachers, but also by teachers who carry out play and exercise classes, on students with SEN (diagnosed with ASD), in order to improve or eliminate deviant behaviors, their psychomotor development; at the same time, they can also be used in the secondary school, as well as as material for training future physical education teachers in working with students with SEN in the primary school.

Implementation of scientific results was carried out within the physical education lessons held with primary school students (2nd grade) of the "Nicolae Iorga" Secondary School in Iași, of the Liteni Secondary School, Iași and of the Radeni Secondary School, Iași.