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ERIC Number: EJ958288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7219
Predicting School Adjustment from Motor Abilities in Kindergarten
Bart, Orit; Hajami, Dov; Bar-Haim, Yair
Infant and Child Development, v16 n6 p597-615 Nov-Dec 2007
The present study assessed the relations between basic motor abilities in kindergarten and scholastic, social, and emotional adaptation in the transition to formal schooling. Seventy-one five-year-old kindergarten children were administered a battery of standard assessments of basic motor functions. A year later, children's adjustment to school was assessed "via" a series of questionnaires completed by the children and their class teachers. The results indicate that in addition to the already documented association between visual-motor integration and academic achievement, other motor functions show significant predictive value to both scholastic adaptation and social and emotional adjustment to school. The results further suggest a better prediction of scholastic adaptation and level of disruptive behaviour in school when using an aggregate measure of children's ability in various motor domains than when using assessments of singular motor functions. It is concluded that good motor ability may serve as a buffer to the normative challenges presented to children in the transition to school. In contrast, poor motor ability emerges as a vulnerability factor in the transition to formal schooling. (Contains 7 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Pictorial Scale of Perceived Competence and Social Acceptance