ERIC Number: EJ1157462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
A Motor-Skills Programme to Enhance Visual Motor Integration of Selected Pre-School Learners
Africa, Eileen K.; van Deventer, Karel J.
Early Child Development and Care, v187 n12 p1960-1970 2017
Pre-schoolers are in a window period for motor skill development. Visual-motor integration (VMI) is the foundation for academic and sport skills. Therefore, it must develop before formal schooling. This study attempted to improve VMI skills. VMI skills were measured with the "Beery-Buktenica developmental test of visual-motor integration 6th edition," and gross motor skills with the "Test of gross motor development 2nd edition." One high and one low socio-economic school was conveniently selected. Seventy-seven children were tested, 23 scored below average VMI scores, and became the sample from which an experimental (n = 12) and a control group (n = 11) were randomly selected. The experimental group participated in a 14-week intervention of two 45 min sessions per week. Participants from the low socio-economic school showed significantly lower VMI skills (p = 0.0013). More research is needed to fully determine the potential of gross motor programmes in improving VMI.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Psychomotor Skills, Visual Perception, Skill Development, Socioeconomic Status, Randomized Controlled Trials, Intervention, Perceptual Motor Coordination, Foreign Countries, Quasiexperimental Design, Comparative Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beery Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration
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