Measurement in Physical Education

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were ones which would aid in diagnosis of motor and neurological deficiencies. Since Oseretsky published his test there have been several revisions, the most recent one by Kershner and Dusewicz. Their version reduces the time required for administration through the use of group techniques. Forty-six items constitute the complete test battery, among them the following:

Task. Hop on one foot completely around a chair in a counterclockwise direction. Then repeat using other foot.

Criterion. Score positive if subject is able to hop around chair as directed without suspended foot touching floor and without any part of body touching chair. (One success in four trials = ½ point per leg)

Task. Walk backwards, heel to toe with hands on hips, along a straight line 2 yards long and 2 inches wide.

Criterion. Score positive if subject is able to walk the length of the line backwards as directed, touching toe of moving foot to heel of stationary foot on each step taken and keeping both feet continually on the line. (One success in four trials = 1 point)

Task. Balance a yardstick on end, vertically, on the palm side of the tip of one forefinger.

Criterion. Score positive if subject is able to initiate balancing of yardstick and then maintain balance for ten seconds. (One success in four trials = 1 point)

Task. Extending arms out to sides and holding arm and wrist joints rigid, describe circles with forefingers.

Criterion. Score positive if subject can continue circular movement of forefingers for ten seconds without moving hands, wrists, or arms. (One success in four trials = 1 point)

Task. Rub abdomen with one hand, with circular motion of arm. Pat top of head with the other hand, using up and down motion of arm.

Criterion. Score positive if both actions can be performed simultaneously without interruption for ten seconds. (One success in four trials = 1 point).

Kraus-Weber tests (Page 97). Good muscular tonus is essential for learning motor movements. The Kraus-Weber tests provide an easy way of evaluating minimum muscular fitness.

The stunts and exercises contained in the perceptual survey may also be used as activities for the development of neuromuscular coordination.

The stunts and exercises which have been mentioned here are only a few of the infinite combinations of activities which may be employed. You as a teacher should evaluate the neuromuscular status of your pupils.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. Anderson, Theresa W.: "Weighted Strength Tests for the Prediction of Athletic Ability in High School Girls". Research Quart., Vol. 7, No. 1, March, 1936.

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