Wendy Pirie Thesis

Does the Perceptual Motor Program Smart Start with (PMP) have an Effect on Learning and Behaviour in the Classroom?


There is growing concern in New Zealand that one in five children are not achieving literacy and numeracy at an acceptable level. The program Smart Start with (PMP) was developed because children were failing to acquire the ‘access skills’ of reading and mathematics in the first years at primary school. There is little current evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of Smart Start with (PMP).