Acquisition of aquatic motor skills through children's motor stories

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International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, ISSN: 1932-9253, Vol: 10, Issue: 3

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Moreno Murcia, Juan Antonio; Huescar Hernandez, Elisa; Richart Parra, Jose Antonio
Bowling Green State University Libraries
Agricultural and Biological Sciences; perceived motor competence; real motor competence; motor stories; aquatic activities; early childhood education; Early Childhood Education; Health and Physical Education; Leisure Studies; Public Health Education and Promotion; Sports Sciences; Sports Studies
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An increasing interest in the renewal of traditional recreational content and the use of the aquatic environments as educational resources is supported by very few empirical, evidence-based studies that link the two. This quasiexperimental study analyzed the role of stories in influencing perceived motor competence and real motor skills in seventy-eight children ages between 4 and 5 years through the administration of two questionnaires on aquatic motor ability and aquatic motor competence. Differences were found in aquatic motor competence (p <.01) and aquatic motor ability (p <.05) for the experimental group, where higher means values were obtained after the intervention. We present this methodological proposal as a useful educational tool for early childhood stimulation with achievements that go beyond motor progress itself.