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ERIC Number: ED098154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar-31
Pages: 14
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Factor Analyses of Motor Performance for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Children: A Tentative Solution.
Peterson, Karen L.; And Others
This study determines the factor structure of motor performance in children attending kindergarten and first and second grades. Forty-three tests of physical size and fine and gross motor skills were administered to a stratified random sample of children who attended the public schools of Battle Creek, Michigan in 1969. The sample involved 100 boys and girls, respectively, at each of the three grades (total N=600). Intercorrelations of the test items were determined by grade and sex, and the intercorrelation matrices were subjected to factor analysis. The principal components solutions were extracted and rotated according to the Varimax Criterion proposed by Kaiser. Differences in the factor structures were noted between sexes and grade levels. In general, the factors that accounted for most of the total variance across the three grades were body structure (height and breadth), body size (girths and skinfolds), gross hand-eye coordination, fine hand-eye coordination, static balance, dynamic balance, grip strength, coordination of gross movements, and ocular coordination. A 19-item bibliography is included, and statistics regarding body size, body structure, hand-eye coordination, gross motor coordination, dynamic balance, static balance, ocular coordination, grip strength, rating of aggression, and social development are appended. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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