Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Summer 1985

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health and Human Performance


Barry Lavay


The purpose of this investigation was to establish validity and reliability on the Creative Movement/Dance Analysis (CM/DA). A review of the literature indicated this study is one the few to address the issue of assessment within the realm of movement/dance. The CM/DA was designed to provide elementary school physical educators with a means of movement/dance which are space, effort, and time. Prior to data six CM/DA movement and rhythm tasks. The test subjects represented high and low performance levels for each elementary grade level (1-5). The first investigative procedure determined face validity on the CM/DA. A detailed instrumentation outline was sent to a panel of eight experts all of whom were professionals active in some aspect of movement/dance education. Each movement specialist critiqued the instrument’s validity second investigative procedure determined internal consistency on the CM/DA. A group of six judges during two sessions observed the previously videotaped DM/DA tasks while utilizing a frequency count procedure in order to score the child’s variety in using the elements of creative movement /dance. All of the six certified elementary school physical educators teaching in the Unified School District 489 of Hays, Kansas during the 1984-85 school year participated as judges. The final investigative procedure was a retest measure that determined test/retest reliability on the CM/DA. Four out of the six judges returned one week alter for a repeat evaluation which followed the same data gathering procedures as the first observation session. Data form the first two investigative procedures were analyzed by chi square techniques. Pearson product-moment correlation was used to analyze the test/retest data. The findings pertaining to face validity and internal consistency revealed non-significance (p < .05). Analysis of the test/retest data; and second CM/DA test scores by all four judges. Therefore, the Creative Movement/Dance Analysis can only report intra-rater reliability.


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Copyright 1985 Susan Kay Dart

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