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Movement Skill Assessment

Movement Skill Assessment

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    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.

    Part II 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.


    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.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Basic Issues in Movement Skill Assessment

    Chapter 1. Purposes of Movement Skill Assessment
    Chapter 2. A History of Movement Skill Assessment
    Chapter 3. Defining and Classifying Movement Skills
    Chapter 4. Basic Measurement Concepts
    Chapter 5. Approaches to Movement Skill Assessment
    Chapter 6. Validity and Reliability

    Part II. Levels of Movement Skill Assessment

    Chapter 7. Assessing Movement Skill Foundations
    Chapter 8. Assessing Motor Abilities
    Chapter 9. Assessing Early Movement Milestones
    Chapter 10. Assessing Fundamental Movement Skills
    Chapter 11. Assessing Specialized and Functional Movement Skills

    Part III. Implementing Movement Skill Assessment

    Chapter 12. The Assessment Process
    Chapter 13. Two Strategies for Movement Skill Assessment
    Chapter 14. New Directions in Movement Skill Assessment

    Appendix A1. Summary of Movement Skill Assessment Reviews
    Appendix A2. Movement Skill Assessment Reviews
    Appendix B. Standards for Test Users
    Appendix C. Areas Under the Normal Curve

    About the Author

    Allen Burton, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies at the University of Minnesota. Since 1986, he has taught a successful graduate-level course that directly addresses issues related to movement skill assessment. He has also made many workshop presentations and written numerous articles for refereed journals on the topic of movement skill assessment.

    One of two associate editors for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Burton is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Honors he has received include the Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Minnesota's College of Education (1991) and the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation Research Scientist Award in Mental Retardation (1988-89).

    Burton earned his doctorate in physical education and human movement studies from the University of Oregon.

    Daryl Miller, a special education administrator for a large suburban school district in Minnesota, has more than 25 years' combined experience as a therapist, teacher, and coach. Miller developed assessment guidelines and procedures at the local and state levels and was a founding member of state organizations for allied health professionals and adapted physical education specialists. He earned his specialist certificate in educational administration from the University of Minnesota.