Basic Motor Competencies of Irish children – MOBAK

Ref: 12/03/2019 - 3202020
Name: Dr. Manolis Adamakis
Email Address: emmanouil.adamakis@ucc.ie
Phone Number: 0899656773
Institution Address: UCC
Seeking a partner/s in: Northern Ireland

In the course of systematic quality assurance, increasingly the question to which extent learning outcomes are achieved by children in sports and sports education arises. The central learning objectives of Physical Education (PE) are the curriculum-based basic motor competencies (BMC) that enable children to play an active part in the culture of sports and exercise. Targeted diagnostics are an indispensable prerequisite for the systematic promotion of BMC. By describing the children’s level of motor competencies, information is gained that helps teachers to adapt their methodical and didactic behaviour to the children’s requirements. In order to assess and measure BMC, valid and practicable survey tools are needed. According to this line of argumentation, general teachers as well as PE teachers should apply an instrument that assesses BMC of their students to obtain a reliable and valid estimation of the prerequisites for learning in PE.
The main aim of this project will be to validate the MOBAK test battery in the Irish context (Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland). A partnership with a Northern Ireland University will allow to obtain scientific information and feedback about the status and distribution of children’s BMC and will further allow the comparison of children’s BMC two in the countries.