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Master of Science (MS)


Education, Health & Behavior Studies


The purpose urns to determine the offsets of physical education on ths manual and finger dexterity of sentally retarded boys. The physical education program consisted aainly of t ti- vities that inproved finger, hand, and an movements.

The fourteen boys selected for this study were divid a into two groups of seven each. The control group participated in the pro gran at the Opportunity Training Center but did not take part in the physical education program. The experimental group took pert in the training program at the Center and ware enrolled in a physical education program three hours per week. Both groups participated in their respective programs for a period of eight weeks.

At the beginning of the experimental period each group was testsd for fingsr dexterity and manual dexterity by the General Aptitude Test Bettery QATB. The test was again administered to both groups at the end of the experimental period. The null hypothesis was assumed with respect to differences of scores for individual students from pre-test to post-test.

The conclusion bassd on this study *** that participation in programs of physical education may improve manual dexterity and finger dexterity among educable mentally retarded boy a. The experimental group shoved a significant iaprovement at the .05 level of confidence on test nine of the GATB test and on test twelve of the GATB test.