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Master of Science (MS)


Education, Health & Behavior Studies


The purpose of this study was to determine whether selected fifth and sixth grade children were capable of increasing their gymnastic skills in an advanced program of instruction in tumbling.

An experimental group was requested to participate in the study. This group of thirty subjects (eight boys and twenty-two girls) experienced an advanced gymnastic program three times weekly for a two and one-half month period. This experimental group was further divided into boy and girl subgroups.

The experimental group was given a pre-test for four selected intermediate level stunts. The same items were also administered at the conclusion of the advanced gymnastic program.

Two statistical comparisons were made: (1) a within group comparison between the pre-test and post-test means of the group, and (2) a between group comparison of the means of the pre-test and the post-test for the boy and girl subgroups of the experimental group. The null hypothesis was assumed in analyzing the significance of the difference between means at the .05 level.

The results of the comparison showed a significant increase by the experimental group on all of the stunts tested. No overall significant difference between the boy and girl subgroups were evidenced on either the pre-test or the post-test.

It was concluded, on the basis of the results of the within group comparison, that selected fifth and sixth grade children were capable of increasing gymnastic skills through participation in an advanced tumbling program.