Date of Award
Research Project Report
Master of Arts (MA)
Lois A. Smith, Ph.D.
The purpose o£ the study was to determine if there is any significant difference in the performance, learning, and retention of a motor skill between mentally retarded and normal children of similar chronological or mental age. Subjects were categorized into one of three groups. One group (MR) consisted of 10 mentally retarded subjects. Another group (MA) consisted of 10 who were matched to the MR group on mental age. The third group (CA) consisted of 10 subjects matched to the MR group on chronological age. Each subject received twelve, 20 second trials with a 30 second rest interval between each trial on the pursuit rotor task. A week later, each subject was given an additional six, 20 second trials with a 30 second interval between each trial. The results indicated that the CA group's scores were significantly higher in performance, learning, and retention than the MR group, (p
Ford, Max E., "A Comparison of Performance, Learning, and Retention of a Motor Skill by Mentally Retarded and Normal Children" (1980). College of Education. 90.