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ERIC Number: ED301849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Pages: 8
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A Study of the Relationship between Physical Skills and Achievement in Listening Comprehension, Mathematics, and Reading.
Templeton, Josey; Jones, Robbie
To determine if a relationship existed between physical skills and achievement in reading, mathematics, and listening comprehension of fifth-grade students, a study evaluated 334 fifth-graders in Starkville, Mississippi, on 20 physical fitness, motor fitness, and sports skills, as well as the Stanford Achievement Tests. The physical skills test battery included four measures of physical fitness (flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength); eight measures of motor fitness (speed, agility, power, and dynamic and static balance); and eight items to assess the sports skills of baseball, basketball, soccer, badminton, and golf. The academic scores used were the total scores in reading, mathematics, and listening comprehension. Analysis revealed three physical measures--golf putting, left hand grip strength, and football kicking--which were common predictors for each of the three areas of academic achievement. The railwalk was a common predictor in the negative direction for each of the three areas. Findings support the view that results of relationship studies between academic ability and physical skills are conflicting. (Three tables of data are included.) (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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