Motor performance and growth

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Reviews the book, Motor performance and growth by Harold E. Jones (1949). This volume inaugurates a new series of publications in the field of child development, the University of California publications in Child Development. It presents material gathered from a longitudinal study of the development of the physical strength of children between the ages of 11 and 18. The author is quoted in a statement on the dust jacket as follows: “Our interest in this general topic is not merely in strength itself as a characteristic of everyday practical importance, but more particularly in the exemplification of a growth variable illustrating as it does the operation of many specific factors which can be regarded as basic in the study of child development.” Such a study might be useful in providing the groundwork for further research. If so, the author is in the best position to outline fruitful lines of investigation. Yet the author of this volume devotes almost no space to the discussion of future research efforts. Apparently the book presents facts for the sake of facts. In the opinion of the reviewer, this approach seriously limits its value. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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