Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Childhood Motor Development (3 cr.)
K545 | 6515 | Staff

This purpose of this course is to provide an entry graduate-level
introduction to the field of motor development for practitioners, as well
as, people interested in basic science issues.  We discuss observable (and
"classic") changes in motor skills that occur over time, the emergence of
the ability to perform new tasks, to use different patterns to perform the
same task, and to perform tasks more successfully).  We address changes in
subsystems that affect behavior in real time and over developmental time,
from infancy through childhood.  These factors include: intrinsic
characteristics (physical/biomechanical factors, sensory and neural system
development, perceptions of ability) and extrinsic characteristics (context
and goal).  We examine and work with several methods of assessing motor
performance and discuss reasons why assessment is necessary.  My goal is to
help you develop your understanding of how and why patterns of motor
behavior change.

All required readings are journal articles or chapters.

Grading is on a contractual basis - there is a list of requirements for
those who want to earn and A and one for those who want a B.  These lists
vary from term to term but generally include exams, summary reports of
assessment of behavior and written reviews of literature.