Measuring Rhythmic Ability: Validation of a Digital Rhythmic Ability Evaluation Tool (DRAET)

Authors

  • Dimitrios Kyriazis
  • Eva Pavlidou
  • Vassilis Barkoukis
  • Eleni Fotiadou

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TPE-2018-V75-I5-8342

Keywords:

rhythmic ability, accelerometer sensors, reliability, validity, Physical Education

Abstract

This study aimed (a) to create a digital rhythmic ability evaluation tool (DRAET) that could record, compare, and appraise coordinated motions of subjects' body parts, using accelerometer sensors with various music rhythms, and (b) to certify and validate the DRAET, compared with an accepted rhythmic ability evaluation methodology (i.e., the High/Scope Beat Competence Analysis Test, H/SBCAT). After the DRAET was constructed, 120 individuals (6 to 15 years old) were tested while engaging in seven tasks, toward synchronization with 36 beats at a rhythm of 2/4. Rhythmic performance was simultaneously estimated digitally by the DRAET and H/SBCAT. Correlation analysis via Pearson's r, Cronbach's ?, and kappa coefficients revealed a significant relationship between digital recordings and judges' evaluations through observation in practical tests, certifying its validity and reliability. Results provide preliminary support for the validity and reliability of the DRAET and suggest that it can be used as a tool for measuring rhythmic ability.Subscribe to TPE

Author Biographies

Dimitrios Kyriazis

Phd Candidate of School of Early Childhood Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Eva Pavlidou

Assistant Professor of School of Early Childhood Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Vassilis Barkoukis

Assistant Professor of School  of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Eleni Fotiadou

Associate Professor of School of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Published

2018-11-01

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