Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Kinesiology & Public Health Education
The research hypothesis states that children of primary grade school level (K-2), when tested in four areas of motor fitness (agility, speed in running, leg power and balance), will differ in performance scores according to grade; the upper grade will indicate the superior performance.
There were three main objectives of this research project. The first objective was to establish reliability on six motor fitness test items. These test items were: the sprint (measure of speed), the zig zag run (measure of agility), the standing broad jump (measure of leg power), the one legged stand (measure of static balance), and the stair climb (measure of agility, speed, and balance).
The second objective was to analyze the results and report the findings related to the grade of the subject (excluding the zig zag run).
The third objective was to analyze the results and report the findings related to the sex of the subjects (excluding the zig zag run).
Although not a primary objective, the investigator did compare each motor fitness test item to the other (excluding the zig zag run).
The subjects were pupils in kindergarten, first grade and second grade at Holy Family Elementary School; this is a parochial school. There were twenty-seven pupils in each of the first grade and second grade classes; there were twenty-four pupils in the kindergarten class.
High reliability correlation coefficients were established on all of the motor fitness test items. The coefficients ranged from a low of 0.851 to a high of 0.965.
A multiple linear regression analysis was used in treating the data. The results indicated a significant difference between grades in five of the motor fitness test items. The results further indicated that the boys were significantly superior in their performances in the standing broad jump.
Predovich, William Lee, "A Measurement of Differences in Motor Fitness Performances According to Primary Grade Levels" (1974). Theses and Dissertations. 3447.