ERIC Number: ED207672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Motor Skill Development in Young Children: Current Views on Assessment and Programming.
Wade, Michael G.; Davis, Walter E.
After a brief overview of theory related to motor skill development in children, an update on approaches to motor development assessment and programming is provided. Descriptive/product, process-oriented/diagnostic, process/descriptive, and reflex testing approaches taken in motor ability assessment are reviewed, and some of the strengths and limitations of each approach are discussed. In the descriptive or product-oriented approach a group of motor tasks is selected, and each child's performance is compared with the average performance of children in his or her age group. The process-oriented or diagnostic approach consists of evaluating tasks which are indicative, in theory, of an underlying process of motor performance. In the third approach children's activities are observed, and their performance is judged on the basis of a qualitative analysis of their movement patterns. Reflex testing evaluates children on the bases of the appearance and/or inhibition of certain reflex movements according to age level. In conclusion, three approaches to programming motor activities for the young child--including traditional, movement education, and perceptual approaches--are delineated and contrasted. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Developmental Programs, Early Childhood Education, Evaluation Methods, Motor Development, Movement Education, Needs Assessment, Perceptual Motor Learning, Psychomotor Skills, Testing, Theories
Ablex Publishing Corporation, 355 Chestnut Street, Norwood, NJ 07648 (Contact publisher for price).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.
Note: To be published as a chapter in "Current Topics in Early Childhood Education," Volume IV, 1982, Lilian G. Katz, Editor.