DIFFERENCES IN MOTOR ABILITIES OF BOYS AND GIRLS AGED 7 IN RELATION TO THE LEVEL OF INTELLECTUAL ABILITY

Filip Sadri, Milica Bogdanovski, Ivo Sadri
Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Novi Sad


Abstract

Since previous studies suggest a relationship between motor and cognitive development in
children, a research was conducted in order to examine the differences in motor skills of children
with different levels of intellectual ability. In a sample of 88 respondents, boys and girls aged 7,
an assessment of motor skills was performed by using the battery of seven motor tests and
assessment of intellectual abilities by using the test of Raven’s Coloured Progressive Matrices.
Respondents were divided into three groups according to the results of the test. The MANOVA
showed that there were no statistically significant differences in the area of motor abilities of
children of different intellectual levels, but there were differences at the univariate level regarding
the tests Hand Tapping and Seat-and-Reach.

Keywords: Raven’s Coloured Progressive Matrices, motor skills, intelligence, younger school
age.



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