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Fundamental Movement Patterns in Tasmanian Primary School Children


Cooley, PD and Oakman, RM and McNaughton, LR and Ryska, T, Fundamental Movement Patterns in Tasmanian Primary School Children, Perceptual and Motor Skills, 84, (1) pp. 307-316. ISSN 0031-5125 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2466/PMS.84.1.307-316


Gross motor development, using the Test of Gross Motor Deveopment was investigated in 7- and 10-yr.-old Tasmanian school children (N = 574) to provide normative data for primary school children. The effects of daily physical education time spent on physical education per week, schools with and without a trained physical educator, motor skill training programs, and their effects upon development of fundamental movement patterns was also investigated. Time spent on physical education instruction per week, significantly influenced Gross Motor Development scores in that the more time spent on physical education, the higher the score Having a motor skill training program in the school was significant for 10-yr.-olds. A review of daily physical education with perhaps a goal of greater emphasis on manipulative control skills such as kicking, throwing, and striking should take place especially for girls, as their scores were significantly lower than those of boys.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cooley, PD (Associate Professor Dean Cooley)
UTAS Author:Oakman, RM (Ms Rebecca Oakman)
UTAS Author:McNaughton, LR (Professor Lars McNaughton)
ID Code:10317
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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