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ERIC Number: EJ867584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Environmental Factors Affecting Preschoolers' Motor Development
Venetsanou, Fotini; Kambas, Antonis
Early Childhood Education Journal, v37 n4 p319-327 Jan 2010
The process of development occurs according to the pattern established by the genetic potential and also by the influence of environmental factors. The aim of the present study was to focus on the main environmental factors affecting motor development. The review of the literature revealed that family features, such as socioeconomic status, mother's educational level, and the existence of siblings can affect children's motor competence. Preschool centers have also become important for children's development, due to the large amount of time children spend at them nowadays. Moreover, the social cultural context in which a child is reared forms certain demands for his/her motor behavior, favoring specific aspects of motor development and impairing others. A very influential factor (and consequently a very significant educational means) is the use of intervention movement programs. A developmentally adequate movement program can enhance motor development, thus preventing the long term negative consequences that an unfavorable influence of several genetic or the aforementioned environmental factors may have.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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