This unique text focuses exclusively on the assessment of movement skills, offering background information, discussions of six levels of movement skill assessment, and strategies for implementation. Practical and user-friendly, Movement Skill Assessment
helps readers acquire the skills they need to successfully carry out their assessment responsibilities.
Filled with information on more than 150 tests and including more than 650 references, the book emphasizes a top-down, functional approach to the assessment of movement skills. Part I
addresses basic issues that the reader should understand before attempting to assess movement skills:
Purposes of movement skill assessment in educational and therapeutic environments
Definitions and classifications of movement skills
Measurement concepts and calculations
Theoretical approaches to movement skill assessment
Validity and reliability
Readers will also find a detailed history of movement skill assessment, beginning before 1850 and continuing through 1974, after which a proliferation of assessment instruments appeared.
discusses the six levels of the movement skill taxonomy:
- Movement skill foundations
- Motor abilities
- Early movement milestones
- Fundamental movement skills
- Specialized movement skills
- Functional movement skills
This section also includes eight in-depth critiques of popular assessment instruments, such as the Test of Gross Motor Development, the Movement Assessment Battery for Children Checklist, and the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency.
In Part III
readers will learn how to achieve the goals of movement skill assessment. They'll find an overview of the assessment process, from selecting an appropriate measurement tool to collecting and treating data to interpreting results; a comparison of bottom-up and top-down assessment strategies; and an examination of the latest trends and developments in movement skill assessment.
The book's appendixes categorize and summarize 45 commonly used assessment instruments, present 35 selected standards for test users from the Task Force on Standards for Measurement in Physical Therapy, and provide a Z-score table for performing normative calculations.
Table of Contents
Part I. Basic Issues in Movement Skill Assessment
Purposes of Movement Skill Assessment
A History of Movement Skill Assessment
Defining and Classifying Movement Skills
Basic Measurement Concepts
Approaches to Movement Skill Assessment
Validity and Reliability
Part II. Levels of Movement Skill Assessment
Assessing Movement Skill Foundations
Assessing Motor Abilities
Assessing Early Movement Milestones
Assessing Fundamental Movement Skills
Assessing Specialized and Functional Movement Skills
Part III. Implementing Movement Skill Assessment
The Assessment Process
Two Strategies for Movement Skill Assessment
New Directions in Movement Skill Assessment
Summary of Movement Skill Assessment Reviews
Movement Skill Assessment Reviews
Standards for Test Users
Areas Under the Normal Curve
Reference for adapted physical education specialists, physical education teachers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Recommended reading or supplemental text for undergraduate or graduate courses in these areas.