Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4920

Date

2017

Date of Award

4-18-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Health and Sport Science

Concentration

Exercise and Sport Science

Committee Chair

Yuhua Li

Committee Member

Satomi Taylor

Committee Member

Gerhild Ullmann

Abstract

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.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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