ERIC Number: EJ775800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
The Effect of Fine Motor Skill Activities on Kindergarten Student Attention
Stewart, Roger A.; Rule, Audrey C.; Giordano, Debra A.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n2 p103-109 Oct 2007
This study explored the effect of fine motor skill activities on the development of attention in kindergarteners (n = 68) in five classes at a suburban public school in the Intermountain West through a pretest/posttest experimental group (n = 36) control group (n = 32) design. All children received the regular curriculum which included typical fine motor activities such as painting, coloring, writing, and play activities with small items. The treatment was a series of supplemental fine motor activities in which children used tongs, tweezers, and spoons to move small items. The assessment was the attention subtest of the Cognitive Assessment System (CAS) (Naglieri, J. A., & Das, J. P. (1997a). Cognitive assessment system. Itasca, IL: Riverside). A significant group x sex interaction with females positively responding to the treatment was found, suggesting that fine motor skill activities are effective in increasing female kindergartners' attention. Further studies exploring effective materials for males and factors such as student choice and interest are needed.
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Experimental Groups, Play, Control Groups, Language Skills, Class Activities, Kindergarten, Pretests Posttests, Females, Gender Differences, Attention Control
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten
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