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ERIC Number: ED096286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
Effects of Perceptual-Motor Training on Preschool Children: A Multivariate Approach.
Thomas, Jerry R.; And Others
This study assesses the effects of a specifically designed perceptual-motor training program on the level of perceptual-motor development, self-concept, and academic ability of kindergarten children. Forty kindergarten children were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The experimental group was exposed to a specifically designed perceptual-motor program 30 minutes daily for 5 months. The control group received a free play period for 30 minutes daily during the 5-month period. Every subject was pre- and post-tested on five variables, and data were analyzed by a multivariate analysis of covariance technique in order to assess the effects of the perceptual-motor program. Results indicate that the data tended to support the specificity of training concept. The variables showing the greatest change were the perceptual-motor tests, which measured changes on specific aspects of the training program. There appeared to be some transfer to academic abilities, but this was not pronounced enough to suggest that perceptual-motor training was of real benefit in developing academic abilities for normal kindergarten children. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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