Difference in children's gross motor skills between two types of preschools

Bik Chu CHOW, Lobo H T LOUIE

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of preschool type (public vs private) on motor skill performance in 239 (121 boys, 118 girls) preschool children ages 3 to 6.5 yr. Preschoolers were tested on 12 fundamental motor skills from the Test of Gross Motor Development-Second Edition and 11 anthro-pometrics (body height, weight, Body Mass Index, waist and hip girths, and body segment lengths). Analysis of variance controlled for anthropometrics and age indicated that children from private preschools performed better on locomotor skills than those from public preschools. However, no difference was found in object control skills. The results suggest that performance of locomotor skills by preschool children is affected by their schools' physical environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-261
Number of pages9
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume116
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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