Date Approved

5-3-2005

Embargo Period

4-14-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Motor ability; Reading--Research; Visual perception

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a correlation between reading rate and visual-motor coordination. This study was a replication of the researcher's prior study. The population of interest was the only differing aspect. This study used 32 high school 9th and 10th grade students from an all boys college prep school. Reading rate was measured by two tests: the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and a 40-letter test. The game Perfection and a bead stringing task were the measures used to determine visual-motor coordination. Aggregated scores combined the z-scores to create a total score for reading and also visual-motor coordination. A Pearson's Correlation yielded significance that supports the hypothesis: There was a significant positive correlation between reading rate and visual-motor coordination in 9th and 10th grade high school students. Another significant finding was that the Nelson-Denny reading rate score was positively correlated with the aggregated score for visual-motor coordination.

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