Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Skip to main content

Learn to do by doing and observing: Exploring early childhood educator’ personal behaviours as a mechanism for developing physical literacy among preschool aged children


The aim of this integrative review was to provide a synthesis of existing evidence on the impact of early childhood educators’ (ECEs) personal health and wellness on their ability to model, engage, and interact with children in developing physical literacy (PL). Electronic databases searched included PubMed, APA PsycInfo, EMBASE, Public Health Database, and Scopus, and a search of grey literature, Google Scholar web browser, and a manual search of study references was also undertaken. The review was guided by the frameworks of Torraco (Resour Dev Rev 4(3):356–367, 2005; Hum Resour Dev Rev 15(4):404–428, 2016) and Whittemore and Knafl (J Adv Nurs 52(5):546–553, 2005) to systematically extract, analyze, and synthesize data from the literature and organize key patterns into new concepts. The three major themes identified as influential elements in engaging children to adopt PL relate to ECEs’ personal physical activity with respect to their confidence, their role modeling capabilities, and their physical ability to engage the children they work with. Despite limited available research on ECEs’ personal health and wellness and their ability to engage children in developing PL, it was determined that ECEs’ interest in physical activity (PA) and level of commitment to their health and wellness contribute to their confidence levels, their role modeling capabilities, and their level of engagement with the children they work with. (author abstract)

Resource Type:
Reports & Papers

- You May Also Like

These resources share similarities with the current selection.

The effects of an undergraduate programme of preschool teaching on preservice teachers' attitudes towards early mathematics education in Turkey: A longitudinal study

Reports & Papers

Early childhood educators working with children who have lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents: What does the literature tell us?

Literature Review

Developing leadership for early childhood professionals through oral inquiry: Strengthening equity through making particulars visible in dilemmas of practice

Reports & Papers

Improving QRISs through the use of existing data: A virtual pilot of the California QRIS

Reports & Papers
Release: 'v1.25.0' | Built: 2023-02-16 16:36:50 EST