'Motor magic' : evaluation of a community capacity-building approach to supporting the development of preschool children (part 2)

Priest, Naomi and Waters, Elizabeth 2007, 'Motor magic' : evaluation of a community capacity-building approach to supporting the development of preschool children (part 2), Australian occupational therapy journal, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 140-148.

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Title 'Motor magic' : evaluation of a community capacity-building approach to supporting the development of preschool children (part 2)
Author(s) Priest, Naomi
Waters, Elizabeth
Journal name Australian occupational therapy journal
Volume number 54
Issue number 2
Start page 140
End page 148
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 0045-0766
1440-1630
Keyword(s) community-based practice
partnerships
preschool children
realist evaluation
Summary Background and Aims: This paper is the second in a series of two that presents and discusses an exploratory evaluation study of the 'Motor Magic' program conducted in Adelaide, South Australia.

Methods:
A realist evaluation approach was used, and two focus groups (one with parents and one with kindergarten staff) were held to identify program outcomes and to develop and refine key hypotheses about how these outcomes occurred.

Results and Conclusions:
Results for kindergarten staff involved in the program are presented and discussed in this paper, including improved early identification and early intervention for children with, or at risk of, fine motor developmental difficulties; increased confidence in the effectiveness of their practice with these children; improved practice of kindergarten staff with both targeted and all children; improved empathy with, and support for, parents; and increased interagency links and ongoing advocacy for further resources. These results suggest that the program provides an effective model for building the capacity of kindergarten staff to support children with, or at risk of, developmental difficulties.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2006
Copyright notice ©2006, Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003954

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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