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Name:  Jennifer Kavanagh

 

Contact phone number: 01 700 7441

 

Contact email address: Jennifer.kavanagh32@mail.dcu.ie

 

Qualification of Study:  Ph.D

 

Research Title:  The effectiveness of a balance bike on fundamental motor skills and time to ride a bicycle.

 

Year commenced:  2016

 

Anticipated year of completion: 2020

 

Supervisor:   Dr Johann Issartel

 

Research summary:

My research focuses on fundamental motor skills of children, their perceptions of ability and learning to ride a bicycle. In particular, I am looking at the effect of balance bikes and an associated app on these variables. A key miles-stone in a child’s development is the independent riding a bike, which in itself can help to develop a child’s ability in fundamental motor skills, improve fitness and help develop self-confidence. Independent cycling is a challenging task, and so it is important to understand the best way to support its development. Other research areas include; adapted physical activity, child psychology, and app usability.

 

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