Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Sport Science
Exercise and Sport Science
Movement is important for successful development in children. It is widely accepted that sociocultural influences have an effect on childhood motor development. The present study aimed to investigate similarities and differences in gross motor skills among American, Chinese and Japanese children. One hundred fifty children from the three countries were recruited to participate in the study. Three test skills were selected from the Test of Gross Motor Development, second edition (i.e. run, hop, and catch). A 3 (groups) X 2 (gender) ANOVA was conducted to examine whether there would be a significant differences between the three groups, as well as the gender effect. The results showed a significant group difference on all three test skills. The post-hoc test showed that American and Japanese children were superior on the run, while Japanese children were superior on the hop. Chinese children were better on the catch. Neither gender effect, nor interaction was found.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Downing, Kaitlyn Michelle, "Investigation on Gross Motor Development of Children with Different Sociocultural Backgrounds: A Pilot Study" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1622.