Motor skills in kindergarten: Internal structure, cognitive correlates and relationships to background variables

Oberer, Nicole; Gashaj, Venera; Roebers, Claudia M. (2017). Motor skills in kindergarten: Internal structure, cognitive correlates and relationships to background variables. Human movement science, 52, pp. 170-180. Elsevier 10.1016/j.humov.2017.02.002

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The present study aimed to contribute to the discussion about the relation between motor coordination and executive functions in preschool children. Specifically, the relation between gross and fine motor skills and executive functions as well as the relation to possible background variables (SES, physical activity) were investigated. Based on the data of N = 156 kindergarten children the internal structure of motor skills was investigated and confirmed the theoretically assumed subdivision of gross and fine motor skills. Both, gross and fine motor skills correlated significantly with executive functions, whereas the background variables seemed to have no significant impact on the executive functions and motor skills. Higher order control processes are discussed as an explanation of the relation between executive functions and motor skills.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Oberer, Nicole; Gashaj, Venera and Roebers, Claudia

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0167-9457

Publisher:

Elsevier

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Federal Office of Sport, Magglingen, Switzerland

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jennifer Ruth Sprenger

Date Deposited:

12 Apr 2018 09:19

Last Modified:

01 May 2019 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.humov.2017.02.002

PubMed ID:

28222343

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.107517

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/107517

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