Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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Research article
Assessment of Movement Skill Performance in Preschool Children: Convergent Validity Between MOT 4-6 and M-ABC
Wouter Cools1, , Kristine De Martelaer1, Bart Vandaele1, Christiane Samaey1, Caroline Andries2
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1 Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, and Department of Movement Education and Sport Training,
2 Faculty of Psychology and Education, Department of Clinical and Lifespan Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium

Wouter Cools
✉ Department of Movement Education and Sport Training (BETR) Pleinlaan 2 / Room 2L209 & 3B210, B-1050 Brussel, Belgium
Email: Wouter.Cools@vub.ac.be
Publish Date
Received: 15-03-2010
Accepted: 17-9-2010
Published (online): 01-12-2010
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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).

Key words: Early childhood, psychomotor performance, task performance and analysis, sports, fundamental movement skill, exercise.


           Key Points
  • The Motoriktest für Vier- bis Sechsjährige Kinder (MOT 4-6) showed values within the range of similar motor performance tests. Because of its specific focus it may be of great value to assess movement skill competence in typically developing preschool children (ages 4 to 6).
  • Children’s movement skill competence can be expressed as a single composite score. The results from this study also support the use of composite scores that include functional categorization (e.g. locomotion, object control and stability).
 
 
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