Effects of Motor Skill Instruction on Fundamental Motor Skill Development

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Jacqueline D. Goodway The Ohio State University

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Phillip Ward The Ohio State University

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The influence of a 9-week instructional program on locomotor and object control skill development of preschoolers who are at risk of developmental delay was investigated. The motor skill instruction group (n = 33) received 18, 35-min lessons; the comparison group (n = 30) received the regular prekindergarten program. Pre and posttest scores on the locomotor and object control subscales of the Test of Gross Motor Development (Ulrich, 1985) were obtained. A Group by Gender MANOVA with repeated measures yielded a significant Group by Time interaction. The intervention group performed significantly better than the comparison group from pre to posttest for both locomotor and object control skills. Additionally, this group had significantly higher posttest scores than the comparison group.

Jacqueline D. Goodway is with the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 43210. E-mail: goodway-shiebler.1@osu.edu. Heather Crowe is with Towson University, Department of Kinesiology, Towson, MD 21252. Phillip Ward is with the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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