Dunn, J. Hubert||Kahler, Robert
M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Physical Education
Motor ability; Reading
The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a significant relationship between selected tests of coordination and reading ability, as evaluated by the Gates Reading Survey. Two hundred seventh grade students were given the Gates Reading Survey. From this group, fifty boys were selected for this study. Twenty-five were ranked in order from the top and were called good readers, and twenty-five were ranked in order from the bottom and were called poor readers. The subjects were placed at random in two groups, and the Iowa-Brace Test, Cozens Dodge Run, and Wall Valley were administered to test their coordination. The data were collected and means and standard deviations were computed. The rank order method was used to correlate the coordination test scores with the reading survey scores. The mean for the good readers in the reading survey was 10.75 as compared to 5.61 for the poor readers. In the Iowa-Brace Test, the mean score for the good readers was 12.76, and for the poor readers, 14.20. In correlating the Iowa-Brace Test, and the Gates Reading Survey, the rho for the good readers was .065, and, for the poor readers, .252. In the Cozens Dodge Run, the mean score for the good readers was 27.99, and, for the poor readers, 27.30. In correlating the Cozens Dodge Run and the Gates Reading Survey, the rho for the good readers was -.057, and, for the poor readers, .223. In the Wall Volley, the mean score for the good readers was 25.84, and, for the poor readers, 26.84. In correlating the wall Volley and the Gates Reading Survey, the rho for the good readers was -.167, and, for the poor readers, .140. None of the obtained coefficients of correlation was found to he significant. On the basis of these findings, the conclusion reached was that there was no significant relationship between reading ability as evaluated by the Gates Reading Survey and coordination as tested by the Iowa-Brace Test, Cozens Dodge Run, and Wall Volley.
Beidelman, Dwayne B., "The relationship between reading ability and motor coordination" (1965). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6169.
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