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ERIC Number: ED123211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
New Directions in Assessment: Biomechanical Development.
Fortney, Virginia
Biomechanical analysis of human movement seeks to relate observable motions or configurations of the body to the forces that act to produce those motions or maintain those configurations. These are identified as force-motion relationships. In assessing force-motion relationships in children's movement, the process type assessment, Ohio State University Scale of Intra-Gross Motor Assessment (O.S.U. SIGMA), is used to assess a child's developmental performance on 11 select gross motor skills. The 11 motor skills--walking, catching, ladder climbing, stair climbing, throwing, striking, skipping, running, hopping, jumping, and kicking--were tested for reliability and classified into three groups. Each skill is described in four levels of development. The practitioner can set an informal environment and assess the child's developmental level by observing the child at play or work. The instrument is suitable for use with preschool and primary level children as well as intermediate level school children without previous instructional programs in physical education or with delayed development. It places gross motor skills on a continuum and, therefore, children can be assessed on a regular basis as an on-going part of the curriculum. (JMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 2-6, 1976)