A study of the relationship between selected fine manipulative motor abilities and achievement in the introductory physical science course



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The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between fine manipulative motor abilities and achievement in a laboratory-oriented course, Introductory Physical Science (IPS). Fifty randomly selected 14 to 15 year old ninth grade male students were tested on five different measures of fine manipulative motor ability and an IPS standardized achievement test. School and College Ability Test (SCAT) scores for these subjects were obtained from the school counselor. The five fine manipulative motor ability factors tested were: Finger Dexterity, Speed of Arm Movement, Manual Dexterity, Aiming, and Arm-Hand Steadiness. A pilot study was accomplished for a five-fold purpose: to determine the suitability of the motor ability test equipment for use with eighth or ninth grade students, to write procedures for the use of this equipment, to test the capability of the equipment for subject discrimination, to determine the appropriate number of trials for use in the major study, and to calculate test reliability. [...]



Motor ability--Testing, Academic achievement