ERIC Number: ED285864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of a Performance Base Curriculum on the Gross Motor Development of Preschool Children during Teacher Training: A Pilot Study.
van der Mars, Hans; Butterfield, Stephen A.
This pilot study used a task-analyzed performance base curriculum as an intervention on the gross motor development of 24 children aged three to six, 15 in a treatment group, 9 in a control group. Pre- and post-training data on gross motor development (relating to 10 motor skills) were collected using the Ohio State University Scale of Intra Gross Motor Assessment (OSU-SIGMA). Treatment group subjects were instructed in skills relating to the those measured by the OSU-SIGMA by preservice physical education majors in eight weekly 40-minute sessions. Post-training data indicated that treatment group subjects improved on running, throwing, catching, jumping, and ladder climbing, while control group subjects showed no improvement between pre- and post-training measures. It is concluded that even inexperienced teachers with minimal instructional time can establish gains that exceed the usual rate of normal gross motor development through the use of a highly structured instructional program. Tables of pre- and post-test results are presented. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Las Vegas, NV, April 13-17, 1987).