ERIC Number: ED040516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Effects of a Structured Program of Perceptual-Motor Training on the Development and School Achievement of Educable Mentally Retarded Children. Final Report.
Fisher, Kirk L.
Of 102 educable mentally handicapped children in special classes, 54 were identified by the Purdue Perceptual Motor Survey (PMS) as deficient in perceptual motor abilities. These 54 children were assigned to one of the following groups: training, which participated in an individualized, structured perceptual motor program twice a week for 4 1/2 months; Hawthorne, which met with the trainer but played table games; and control. Achievement and intelligence tests were given. The hypothesized improvement in perceptual motor abilities did not manifest itself, although children under 10 years of age in the training group scored significantly higher on the PMS than did controls of like age. Nor did hypothesized improvement in intellectual performance, or achievement result. However, all three groups improved significantly on PMS and achievement test scores; and training and Hawthorne groups showed significantly improved IQ scores. Thus, evidence suggested a correlation between perceptual motor ability and the variables of intelligence and achievement. (Author/JD)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.