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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 5, No. 1, pp.13-19
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Apr 2021
Received 26 Feb 2021 Revised 26 Mar 2021 Accepted 20 Apr 2021

Analysis of Holistic Approaches in Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden: Body, Brain, and Mind Connectivity
Jae Young Jung*
Garden House School of New York, USA, Dance Specialist

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The purpose of the study is to provide readers with insight into how reading children’s literature, such as the novel The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, can provide meaningful opportunities for developing children’s awareness of healthy development. The study examined the efficacy of physical exercise and body-mind connectivity, Burnett’s holistic approaches in the novel, perceptions of her era’s medical treatment, her experience with mainstream treatments, aspirations for the novel by investigating analytical articles, literature reviews. Furthermore, the study introduces contemporary research and books that describe how physical exercise is associated with physiology and the brain, and culturally responsive teaching for children’s healthy development. The study concluded that reading the novel could have a great impact on instilling the importance of physical exercise, social interactions, positive thoughts, emotional development, and nature in students. The book was first published in 1911 and there might be a concern that some aspects of the book may not be paralleled with contemporary educational circumstances and children’s physical growth. However, after examining the literature review, the study proves that the book encompasses general principles of children’s physical exercise and healthy growth. The study suggests promoting meaningful readings to children, such as Burnett’s novel, positively influences children’s awareness of physical exercise and healthy development.

Keywords: Movement Science, Physical Exercise, Body-Mind Connectivity, Brain Development, Behavioral Science

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