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ASSESSMENT OF MOVEMENT SKILL PERFORMANCE IN PRESCHOOL CHILDREN: CONVERGENT VALIDITY BETWEEN MOT 4-6 AND M-ABC

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Author(s): Wouter Cools | Kristine De Martelaer | Bart Vandaele | Christiane Samaey | Caroline Andries

Journal: Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN 1303-2968

Volume: 9;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 597;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Early childhood | psychomotor performance | task performance and analysis | sports | fundamental movement skill | exercise

ABSTRACT
The purpose was to determine the level of agreement between the Motoriktest für Vier- bis Sechsjährige Kinder [MOT 4-6] and the Movement Assessment Battery for Children [M-ABC]. 48 preschool children participated in the study (Mean age = 5 years, 6 months, SD = 3 months). There was high classification agreement (90%) between both tests. A Kappa correlation coefficient (0.67) provided moderately strong support for convergent validity. Less agreement was shown in identification of motor difficulties (58%). This was reflected by lower correlation coefficients on the fine movement cluster and test item level. The MOT 4-6 showed values within the range of similar movement skill performance assessment protocols. Because of its specific focus it may be of meaningful value to assess movement skill competence in typically developing preschool children (ages 4 to 6).
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