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ERIC Number: EJ1062035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1091-367X
Development and Validation of a Test Instrument for the Assessment of Basic Motor Competencies in Primary School
Herrmann, Christian; Gerlach, Erin; Seelig, Harald
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, v19 n2 p80-90 2015
A central aim of Physical Education (PE) is the promotion of basic motor competencies ("Motorische Basiskompetenzen" [MOBAK]). These are the necessary prerequisites for developing a physically active lifestyle. Valid test instruments are needed for the evaluation of the effect of PE. For this purpose, we developed a test instrument for the assessment of basic motor competencies in first graders. We empirically investigated the construct validity of this MOBAK test instrument in a study (N = 317, M = 7.0 years, girls: n = 173, boys: n = 144). The exploratory factor analysis shows a two factorial structure (locomotion, object control), which is confirmed in a confirmatory factor analysis (CFI = 0.96, RMSEA = 0.036, WRMR = 0.65). In subsequent analyses, we were able to demonstrate that the calculation of a factor sum value for each factor is statistically valid, the factorial structure is the same for boys and girls (?[superscript 2] [6] = 6.95, p = 0.33), and no differential item functioning exists. The MOBAK test instrument is sufficient for the test-theoretical requirements and is thus suitable for the evaluation of the effect of PE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland