MOTOR COMPETENCIES OF KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN
Dalia Rahim Ait
Asst.Prof. Dr.Sajlaa Faiq Hashem
The current research aimed to identify motor competency and the significance of differences in motor competency based on gender (males, females) and age variable for kindergarten children. To achieve the objectives of the current research, the researchers constructed a motor competency test, which was administered to a sample of 150 male and female kindergarten children. The sample was selected using simple random sampling for the academic year (2022-2023). Discriminative power and face validity were extracted, and the reliability of the research tool was confirmed through test-retest and Cronbach’s alpha methods, resulting in a stability coefficient of 0.75 for the motor competency test.
The final version of the motor competency test comprised nine items. After confirming the validity and reliability of the research tool and applying it to the sample, followed by data collection and statistical processing, the current research arrived at the following conclusions:
The participants of the current research sample of kindergarten children exhibit motor competency in general. Regarding the gender variable (males, females), there is no significant relationship between gender and motor competency for kindergarten children. However, the age variable showed a difference in motor competency, favoring the age range of 66 to 72 months. Based on these results, the researchers provided recommendations and suggestions as outlined in Chapter Four.
Keywords: Motor Competency, Kindergarten Child.