Another piece of research arguing for motor skills in young children’s education?

Merrill-Palmer Quarterly Volume 52, Number 4, October 2006

Son, Seung-Hee. Meisels, Samuel J. The Relationship of Young Children’s Motor Skills to Later School Achievement

Subject Headings:

  • Prediction of scholastic success.
  • Motor ability and intelligence.
  • Motor ability in children.


This study examined empirical evidence about the relationship between motor skills at the beginning of kindergarten and reading and mathematics achievement at the end of first grade, using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study—Kindergarten cohort national dataset (N = 12,583). Results of hierarchical regression analyses demonstrated that early kindergarten motor skills, especially visual motor skills, add a small but unique amount of variance to achievement in reading and mathematics at the end of first grade even after controlling for ­initial skills and demographic information. Furthermore, ­Receiver-Operating-Characteristic curve analyses showed that information from visual motor skills is useful in identifying children at risk for academic underachievement. The results suggest the importance of the role that motor skills can play in designing and implementing an early school achievement battery.


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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