Evaluation of manual dexterity in early education

Ortega Ruano, José Eugenio and Barrio Martínez, Cristina del and Nuñez Nagy, Susana and Malagón Hernández, Javier (2015). Evaluation of manual dexterity in early education. In: "17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology (Braga, Portugal, September 8-12, 2015)", 08/09/2015 - 12/09/2015, Braga (Portugal). pp. 63-67.

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Title: Evaluation of manual dexterity in early education
Author/s:
  • Ortega Ruano, José Eugenio
  • Barrio Martínez, Cristina del
  • Nuñez Nagy, Susana
  • Malagón Hernández, Javier
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology (Braga, Portugal, September 8-12, 2015)
Event Dates: 08/09/2015 - 12/09/2015
Event Location: Braga (Portugal)
Title of Book: Proceedings of 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology (Braga, Portugal, September 8-12, 2015)
Date: 2015
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Manual dexterity, early development, hand preference, fine motor skills, writing precursors.
Faculty: E.T.S.I. y Sistemas de Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Telemática y Electrónica
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Part of the recent research on fine motor skills questions the existence of a general factor of manual dexterity. If this manual dexterity factor is not proved this would affect the suitability of using motor development scales. The present study aimed at developing a set of tasks to evaluate manual dexterity in early education involving each hand to identify hand preference development. Specifically, the aim was to explore inter- and intra-task correlations by way of a series of object-manipulation tasks using objects of a size and weight adapted to children 3-6 years old, and to be administered easily by staff working in early education settings. In a first study using three tasks -Posting coins, Moving pegs, and Threading eyebolts- involving separately left and right hand (6 trials), 151 children aged 3-6 years have participated. The results show high inter- and intra-task correlations, and one factor explaining 64.03% of the total variance. Individual differences in motor skills and in hand preference are confirmed a year later, and correlate with children?s writing skills when starting compulsory education. Implications for school and home are mentioned, emphasizing the interest of these type of studies for detecting typical/atypical developmental pathways

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainTIN2013-47803-C2-1-REDUCEREMinisterio de Economía y CompetitividadUnspecified

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Item ID: 44067
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/44067/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:44067
Official URL: http://ecdpbraga2015.com/braga.php
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 28 Mar 2017 18:46
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2017 18:46
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