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ERIC Number: ED081728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 44
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Novel Skill Learning and Gross Motor Performance Correlates.
Dotson, Charles O.
This research study determined the relative importance of various basic motor ability traits possessed by the learner in the process of acquiring neuromuscular skills. Fifty-two university students practiced two novel skills (ball toss and fli-back paddle ball) 5 days per week for 2 weeks. Prior to beginning practice, each subject was measured on 26 basic motor ability items. Factor analysis was employed to isolate basic factors underlying each practice sequence and the gross motor performance traits. Ten stable factors were isolated, including two that described practice for the novel skills and eight that involved gross motor performance. Comparisons of the factor loadings among practice stages for each novel skill across the eight motor performance factors suggested the following conclusions: a) no relationship existed between gross motor factors and performance on the fli-back paddle ball skill; b) gross motor factors were related to performance on the ball toss skill during early, but not late, stages of practice; c) different gross motor factors related to performance on the ball toss skill as practice continued; and d) performance on the ball toss skill should be assessed only after several practice periods to prevent score comparisons. (Author/JA)
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Sponsor: Stephen F. Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, TX.
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