Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Motor Development and Learning (3 cr)
P490 | 6492 | Gallahue
This course is designed to enhance understanding of the process of motor
development and learning across the lifespan. The available research
on cognitive, affective and motor behavior of infants, children, adolescents
adults and how each of these domains impact on motor development and
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
development and movement skill learning.
3. To be able to view theoretical positions of motor behavior from various
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
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
7. To become knowledgeable about the process of physical growth from
conception through adulthood.
8. To become knowledgeable about specific reflexes, rhythmical
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
ACTIVITIES TO MEET COURSE OBJECTIVES:
In order to satisfy the objectives of this course students complete a
readings, and take part in lecture and discussion. A term paper is
on a selected topic dealt with in this course.
1. Tests: Four tests are given during the semester to assess students'
ability to synthesize, conceptualize and make application to
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
contributions is expected and encouraged.
EXAMINATION AND ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE:
Test #1 20%
Test #2 20%
Test #3 20%
Test #4 20%
Gallahue, D.L., & Ozmun, J.C. (1998). Understanding Motor Development:
Infants, Children, Adolescence, Adults. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown &