Skafida, F.1*, Koutsouki, D.2
1Department of Life and Health Sciences School of Sciences and Engineering, University of Nicosia, 46 Makedonitissas Avenue, CY-2417, Nicosia, Cyprus
2Laboratory of Adapted Physical Education, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, 41, Ethnikis Antistasis, Avenue Dafni, 17237, Greece
Evaluation of preschool children’s motor skills within the school context is an integrative part of the most recent national curriculum for the Greek Kindergarten, all though so far performed by non-standardized methods. This review reports on the most used in research standardized tools of motor skills assessment that could potentially be used in this evaluation process. Information is provided about the tools’ origin (international, local), their scope, content, duration of implementation and equipment needed, as well as their psychometric properties (validity, reliability). The results of Greek researches, with use of these tools in preschool population samples are also reported. Next, a critical review of these tools is performed, according to their appropriateness for use in a within school assessment process that involves all domains of development (physical, personal, social, knowledge base). Finally, suggestions are made towards the form and the content of tools fit for “educational motor skills evaluation” so as to abide by the guidelines provided by the national curriculum for the kindergarten.
Keywords: Motor Skills; Evaluation; Tests; Validity; Reliability; School Readiness.