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Cross-Cultural Aspects: Exploring Motor Competence Among 7- to 8-Year-Old Children From Greece, Italy, and Norway

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dc.contributor Háskólinn í Reykjavík
dc.contributor Reykjavik University
dc.contributor.author Haga, Monika
dc.contributor.author Tortella, Patrizia
dc.contributor.author Asonitou, Katerina
dc.contributor.author Charitou, Sophia
dc.contributor.author Koutsouki, Dimitra
dc.contributor.author Fumagalli, Guido
dc.contributor.author Sigmundsson, Hermundur
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-30T14:07:07Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-30T14:07:07Z
dc.date.issued 2018-04
dc.identifier.citation Haga, M., Tortella, P., Asonitou, K., Charitou, S., Koutsouki, D., Fumagalli, G., & Sigmundsson, H. (2018). Cross-Cultural Aspects: Exploring Motor Competence Among 7- to 8-Year-Old Children From Greece, Italy, and Norway. SAGE Open, 8(2), 215824401876838. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244018768381
dc.identifier.issn 2158-2440 (eISSN)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1319
dc.description.abstract Motor development is affected by maturation and growth but also influenced by the specific environmental and cultural context. Therefore, cross-cultural research can provide information about how different cultural contexts, lifestyles, and physical activity contexts can influence the process of developing motor competence. The purpose of this study was to evaluate aspects of motor competence among children from different cultural backgrounds. The sample of 463 children from 6 to 8 years consisting of 132 Greek children (52.3 % boys), 126 Italian children (53.9 % boys), and 205 Norwegian children (52.7) completed the Test of Motor Competence (TMC) including two fine motor tasks-Placing Bricks-and Building Bricks and two gross motor tasks-Heel to Toe Walking and Walking/Running in Slopes. The results indicate that the Norwegian children performed better in all tests; the differences were statistically significant in all four tasks compared with Italian children and in two tasks compared with the Greek children (Building Bricks and Heel to Toe Walking). Greek children performed significantly better than the Italians in two tasks: Placing Bricks and Heel to Toe Walking. Italian children were significantly faster than the Greek ones in one task: Walking/Running in Slopes. The differences in terms of levels of basic fine and gross motor skills between children from the different countries may be a consequence of both different physical activity contexts and cultural policies, attitudes, and habits toward movement.
dc.format.extent 215824401876838
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartofseries SAGE Open;8(2)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject General Arts and Humanities
dc.subject General Social Sciences
dc.subject Motor skills
dc.subject Motor development
dc.subject Cross-cultural comparison
dc.subject Children
dc.subject Hreyfifærni
dc.subject Hreyfiþroski
dc.subject Þvermenningarlegur samanburður
dc.subject Börn
dc.title Cross-Cultural Aspects: Exploring Motor Competence Among 7- to 8-Year-Old Children From Greece, Italy, and Norway
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Sage Open
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/2158244018768381
dc.contributor.department Íþróttafræði (HR)
dc.contributor.department Sport Science (RU)
dc.contributor.school Tækni- og verkfræðideild (HR)
dc.contributor.school School of Science and Engineering (RU)


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