Motor Importance of motor assessment in school children: analysis of the reliability of the motor development scale doi: 10.5007/1980-0037.2010v12n6p422

Francisco Rosa Neto, Ana Paula Maurilia dos Santos, Regina Ferrazoli Camargo Xavier, Kassandra Nunes Amaro


The objective of this study was to investigate the motor performance of school chil-dren aged 6 to 10 years without learning difficulties (n=101), and to analyze the reliability of the Motor Development Scale (MDS) (Rosa Neto, 2002). Descriptive statistics with calculation of the mean, standard deviation, and range was used for data analysis. The internal consistency of the MDS was assessed using Cronbach’s alpha coefficient, and the correlation between variables was determined by Pearson’s linear correlation, with p<0.05. The results showed (1) that motor development was within normal limits in 96% of the children, and (2) a high correlation betwe-en chronological age and general motor age, indicating good internal consistency. These data demonstrate the logic and structured design of the MDS, confirming its reliability.


School children; Motor development; Internal consistency; Alpha coefficient


The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, BrazilThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Unported License.