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ERIC Number: ED301337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluating Motor Performance of Preschool-Aged Children.
Hirst, Cyntha C.; And Others
The purpose of this project was to develop a motor performance test for preschool children that would be economical to administer, valid, and reliable. Four test items--standing long jump, hopping within an 18-inch square, balancing on one foot, and a timed gross agility task, were selected from published tests to assess children's strength, agility, and dynamic and static balance. The derived test was administered to 65 preschool-aged children between 40 and 62 months of age. Scores were correlated with coded scores of filmed observation of gross motor performance. Motor items filmed and observed were walking, running, stopping, jumping, and hopping. Consistent significant correlations of the motor performance test with the observed motor performance indicated that the instrument is generally a valid measure of the motor performance of preschool-aged boys and girls. However, the correlation between the test and observations for younger females was not significant. Therefore, it is concluded that the motor performance test can be used to assess older preschool children and male children as young as 40 months of age and to guide the development of children's motor activity programs. Included in the text are recommended practice activities for children's individual physical education programs. (RH)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A