ERIC Number: ED126000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Perceptual-Motor Programs on Children.
Thomas, Jerry R.
Practical implications for physical education teachers are drawn after a review of research on perceptual motor training programs for elementary school children. Three categories of theorists are identified: those who emphasize the intellectual involvement of the child in motoric functioning; those who stress development of perceptual motor bases underlying academic achievement; and those who focus on the neurological underpinnings of perceptual motor abilities. Research on the correlation between learning difficulties and motoric dysfunctions is discussed in relation to the types and validity of measuring instruments and the characteristics of subjects. The author examines variables affecting the findings of experimental programs, including theories, characteristics of subjects, objectives, length and intensity of training, degree of individualization, and incubation effects. Data lead the author to conclude that perceptual motor activities should not replace usual components of physical education programs unless the activities foster traditional objectives of physical fitness and skill development. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Southern District Annual Convention (Mobile, Alabama, March 18-21, 1976)