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ERIC Number: EJ937579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1524-0754
The Relationship between Fine-Motor Play and Fine-Motor Skill
Marr, Deborah; Cermak, Sharon; Cohn, Ellen S.; Henderson, Anne
NHSA Dialog, v7 n1 p84-96 2004
This study examined the relationship between free-play choices and fine-motor skill in 4-year-old children attending Head Start. Children with poor fine-motor skill were matched for age and gender with children in the same classroom that exhibited good fine-motor skill. Each pair was observed during free-play sessions to examine the degree of fine-motor challenge in their play choices. Play choices were recorded and coded as high, medium-high, medium-low, or low fine-motor challenging activities. A fine-motor challenge score was calculated based on the number of minutes in each level of challenge. A t test conducted between the fine-motor challenge score of the 2 groups was not statistically significant. No differences in the time spent in high, medium-high, medium-low, and low fine-motor challenge activities were found. Both groups spent very little time in high fine-motor challenging activities. Children in Head Start do not engage in challenging fine-motor play during free play. Children are spending a majority of free-play time in activities involving medium-low, low, and no fine-motor challenge suggesting that free play serves as a context for development of skills other than fine motor. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York