Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Motor Development and Learning (3 cr)
P490 | 6492 | Gallahue


PREREQUISITES:  None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to enhance understanding of the process of motor
development and learning across the lifespan.  The available research
information
on cognitive, affective and motor behavior of infants, children, adolescents
and
adults and how each of these domains impact on motor development and
learning
is studied.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

1.   To become knowledgeable about the study of the motor development and

movement skill learning across the lifespan.
2.   To understand and be able to use terminology common to the field of
motor
development and movement skill learning.
3.   To be able to view theoretical positions of motor behavior from various

conceptual viewpoints.
4.   To discuss the implications of specific theoretical models on motor

development and learning throughout the lifespan.
5.   To become familiar with the Hourglass Framework of Motor Development
and
its implications for dynamical systems theory.
6.   To become familiar with task, individual and environmental factors that

affect motor development and movement skill learning across the
lifespan.
7.   To become knowledgeable about the process of physical growth from

conception through adulthood.
8.   To become knowledgeable about specific reflexes, rhythmical
stereotypies,
rudimentary, fundamental and specialized movement skills exhibited by

infants, children, adolescents and adults.
9.   To become familiar with the developmental nature of one's movement

abilities, physical abilities and perceptual abilities.
10. To appreciate the intricate interrelationship between  self-concept,

motor development, and movement skill learning.
11. To be able to apply principles of motor development and learning to

physical activity settings.
12. To develop skills in observing and assessing qualitative aspects of
movement.

ACTIVITIES TO MEET COURSE OBJECTIVES:

In order to satisfy the objectives of this course students complete a
variety of
readings, and take part in lecture and discussion.  A term paper is
completed
on a selected topic dealt with in this course.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1.  Tests:  Four tests are given during the semester to assess students'

ability to synthesize, conceptualize and make application to
information
dealt with in this course (80%).
2.  Term Paper:  Students complete a term paper on any approved topic dealt

with in this course (20%).
3.  Participation:  Active participation through regular attendance and
class
contributions is expected and encouraged.

EXAMINATION AND ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE:

Test #1     20%
Test #2     20%
Test #3     20%
Test #4     20%

TEXTBOOK:

Gallahue, D.L., & Ozmun, J.C. (1998).  Understanding Motor Development:

Infants, Children, Adolescence, Adults.  Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown &

Benchmark.