ERIC Number: ED053843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Perceptual - Motor Ability of Small Town and Rural Disadvantaged Children. Final Report, Wisconsin CORD Grant.
Kerfoot, James F.
The Purdue Perceptual-Motor Survey, a standardized test of perceptual-motor ability, was administered to 98 disadvantaged rural 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. Comparisons between the mean scores of the disadvantaged sample and the norm group, and within the group of disadvantaged children, were made on the basis of both the total test scores and the scores on individual subtests. The disadvantaged group was compared to the norm group on overall group performance as well as by grade and sex. Comparisons were made within the disadvantaged group by grade and sex. Findings suggested that disadvantaged children are significantly less proficient in motor skills than are unselected children. An inconsistent pattern of grade differences indicated that the motor development of the disadvantaged group is uneven by comparison with the norm group. Significant sex differences between the 2 groups were also noted. Evidence to support related studies which suggest a slower rate of growth in learning patterns of disadvantaged children and a "cumulative deficit" in the acquisition of learning skills by disadvantaged children was also suggested. (The document contains 39 tables in addition to the narrative.) (BO)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Universities Consortium of Research Development, Stevens Point.