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MOTOR COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT IN PRESCHOOL CHILDREN BY MOT 4-6 BATTERY.

 

ABSTRACT

 

Objective. The assessment of motor competence in the context of Preschool Education has hardly been investigated in our country. This pilot study aims at providing relevant information on the applicability of "Motoriktest für vier-bis-sechsjahrige Kinder" (MOT 4-6), showing the level of motor competence of children under six years old assessed with it.

Materials and methods. All children enrolled in the second and third year of the second cycle of Pre-school education of a Pre-and Primary School in the northern Spain were invited to participate in the study. Their level of motor competence was assessed by the battery MOT 4-6.

Results. The tasks included in the battery MOT 4-6 were clearly understood and carried out by the children. Its application did not require a great amount of material resources nor time. A total of 78 children (with an average age 4,5±0,5 years) initiated and completed the study. The average motor quotient was of (3,36±,87 in boys and 3,50±,71 in girls). Significant differences between boys and girls were not appreciated in any of the motor competence parameters that MOT 4-6 identifies. It was perceived that the motor competence level was higher than in other countries with a similar sample.

Conclusion. The results of this study suggest that the battery MOT 4-6 is a tool whose administration in the context of Preschool Education seem to be factible. Children under six assessed in this study showed a level of motor competence higher than in other countries.

 

KEY WORDS

 

Motor Competence, Pre-school Education, MOT 4-6, Motor Quotient.

 

 
Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009