The Effect of Refinement on Student Achievement in a Fundamental Motor Skill in Grades K through 6

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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This study investigated whether the teacher behavior of refinement would affect boys’ and girls’ achievement in the standing broad jump across grade levels kindergarten through 6th grade. The study took place in a public school rural setting using intact classes involving 529 students. A nonequivalent control-group design was used for the experiment. All subjects were pretested and posttested. A posttest took place immediately following the experiment and after a time span of 7 months. The posttest scores were analyzed using an analysis of covariance at each grade level. From the analysis of the data, it was concluded that the teacher behavior of refinement did have both immediate and long-term positive effects on student achievement in performing the standing broad jump.

This study was part of a doctoral dissertation completed at Bowling Green State University under the direction of Neil Pohlmann and Bette Jean Logsdon.

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