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ERIC Number: ED299233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Vertical Structure in the Development of Sports-related Tool Use in Children.
Reid, Denise
Sports-related tool use abilities in children were investigated within a neo-Piagetian framework of development. The object was to establish whether development in the motor domain proceeds in a "stage-like" fashion. A model was developed which suggested how general and precise structural changes might manifest themselves in the sub-domain of tool use. Children's performance was measured on a set of tasks designed to assess the sequence of changes specified by the model of motor development. One hundred children, ranging in age from 4 months to 10 years, were classified to one of ten groups corresponding to the substages of the sensorimotor, inter-relational and dimensional stages. The hypothesis that children's tool use abilities would proceed through a sequence of four substages across three major stages was supported by the data. An analysis of the data gathered from the study supported the notion of vertical structure, i.e., the recycling of structures in development where a clear basis exists for distinguishing major from minor stage transitions. It is suggested that the development of childrens' motor control abilities may in part be explained by cognitive developmental theory. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A