Life Span Motor Development, Fifth Edition, is the only introductory textbook to use the model of constraints (or dynamical systems) approach in discussing reasons for changes in movement throughout the life span. This fully updated edition encourages students to observe and examine how the interactions of the individual, environment, and task affect changes in a person’s movements. The principles of motor development are presented in a clear and accessible manner so that even readers with minimal movement science background will comprehend the material. Life Span Motor Development, Fifth Edition, will give readers the foundation for continued study and real-world practice.
The text begins by introducing students to the basics: motor development, the model of constraints, and the theoretical perspectives relevant in motor development research. After laying the groundwork, the text describes the physical growth and maturation process from infancy to old age, including development and aging effects of specific body systems. Age-related changes in sensation and perception in the visual, kinesthetic, and auditory systems are also explained.
The fifth edition contains several content changes to make the text more user friendly than ever. The inclusion of a chapter discussing the principles of biomechanics presents students with foundational knowledge to ground their understanding of the sequential changes in motor skills development. The text shows how the four components of physical fitness—cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, flexibility, and body composition—interact to affect a person’s movements over the life span. It also describes how relevant social, cultural, psychosocial, and cognitive influences can affect a person’s movements.
Life Span Motor Development, Fifth Edition, not only provides students with the observational skills necessary for assessing motor development, but it also expertly ties the information to real life. This edition emphasizes the application of motor development concepts to the real world by beginning each chapter with an example of a common experience and then revisiting that experience at the end of the chapter, allowing readers to apply the material to the example. Application questions throughout the chapters challenge readers to consider how parents or professionals might use the material discussed.
To further solidify their understanding, students are provided with a key code allowing them to access an interactive online student resource containing 33 lab activities that can be printed, 21 learning exercises, and more than 200 video clips with footage focusing on infants, toddlers, young children, adolescents, and adults performing fundamental motor skills—subjects often difficult to study because of permissions and policies, particularly for minors. For each video clip, students can pause, replay, or change the rate of speed, giving them flexibility to analyze and then categorize each subject into the appropriate developmental level. Selected video clips are also used with many of the lab activities to provide visual examples of developmental levels. For professors, the text includes a full array of ancillaries, including an updated instructor guide, test package, presentation package, and a newly added image bank.
Life Span Motor Development, Fifth Edition, will also assist students in meeting AAHPERD's Motor Development Academy standards. The text presents essential competencies identified by AAHPERD and provides guidelines for constructing developmentally appropriate activities and designing learning experiences to meet grade-level expectations in preparation for the Praxis exam for physical education. Chapters are organized for student learning with the following features:
- Opening scenarios provide real-life experiences or applications involving motor development in daily living.
- Learning objectives emphasize the chapter’s key concepts.
- A running glossary provides easy access to definitions of important terms.
- Key points indicate the theme of a discussion amidst chapter details.
- Highlight boxes provide additional insights into motor development assessment.
- Application questions challenge students’ problem-solving skills.
- Summary and synthesis sections review important concepts and integrate those concepts into the constraints model.
- Take a Second Look elements at the end of each chapter encourage students to revisit the chapter-opening scenario, test their knowledge with review questions, and visit the Web site for learning exercises and lab activities.
Life Span Motor Development, Fifth Edition, encompasses the most current research in motor development. It is enhanced with practical online resources for instructors and students, making the fundamental concepts of motor development come alive. By starting with basic ideas in motor development and progressing to larger developmental concepts, this fifth edition will prove to be a beneficial resource for those in the field. The text gives readers a solid foundation not only for beginning their studies in motor development but also for applying the concepts to real-world situations.
Includes an online student resource!
To assist students using the text, Life Span Motor Development, Fifth Edition, has a companion online student resource (OSR). Completely integrated with the text, the OSR allows students to experience content through multiple dimensions. Students will receive free access to the OSR with the purchase of a new text, or it may be purchased as a separate component.
The OSR offers students a variety of learning features including 33 lab activities that can be printed, 21 learning exercises, and more than 200 video clips with footage focusing on infants, toddlers, young children, adolescents, and adults performing fundamental motor skills—subjects often difficult to study because of permissions and policies, particularly for minors. For each video clip, students can pause, replay, or change the rate of speed, giving them flexibility to analyze and then categorize each subject into the appropriate developmental level. Selected video clips are also used with many of the lab activities to provide visual examples of developmental levels.
Access to the online student resource is available at www.HumanKinetics.com/LifeSpanMotorDevelopment.
About the Author
Kathleen M. Haywood, PhD, is a professor and associate dean for graduate education at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, where she researches life span motor development and teaches courses in motor behavior and development, sport psychology, and biomechanics. She earned her PhD in motor behavior from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976.
Haywood is a fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). She is also a recipient of AAHPERD’s Mabel Lee Award. In addition, Haywood has served as president of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and as chairperson of the Motor Development Academy of AAHPERD.
Haywood is also the coauthor of the first and second editions of Archery: Steps to Success and Teaching Archery: Steps to Success, published by Human Kinetics. She resides in Saint Charles, Missouri, and in her free time enjoys fitness training, tennis, and dog training.
Nancy Getchell, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Delaware in Newark. She has taught courses in motor development, motor control and learning, research methods, and women in sport. For nearly 20 years, Getchell has focused her research on motor development.
Getchell currently serves as section editor for the Growth and Motor Development Section of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. She is a member of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, the International Society of Motor Control, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Getchell has also served as the chairperson of the AAHPERD Motor Development and Learning Academy.
In 2001, Getchell was the recipient of the Lolas E. Halverson Young Investigators Award in motor development. She earned a PhD in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1996.
Getchell resides in Wilmington, Delaware, where she enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and bicycling.
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction to Motor Development
Chapter 1. Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 2. Theoretical Perspectives in Motor Development
Chapter 3. Principles of Motion and Stability
Part II. Physical Growth and Aging
Chapter 4. Physical Growth, Maturation, and Aging
Chapter 5. Development and Aging of Body Systems
Part III. Development of Motor Skills Across the Life Span
Chapter 6. Early Motor Development
Chapter 7. Development of Human Locomotion
Chapter 8. Development of Ballistic Skills
Chapter 9. Development of Manipulative Skills
Part IV. Perceptual-Motor Development
Chapter 10. Sensory-Perceptual Development
Chapter 11. Perception and Action in Development
Part V. Functional Constraints to Motor Development
Chapter 12. Social and Cultural Constraints in Motor Development
Chapter 13. Psychosocial Constraints in Motor Development
Chapter 14. Knowledge as Functional Constraint in Motor Development
Part VI. Interaction of Exercise and Structural Constraints
Chapter 15. Development of Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Chapter 16. Development of Strength and Flexibility
Chapter 17. Development of Body Composition
Chapter 18. Conclusion: Interactions Between Constraints
An introductory textbook for undergraduate courses on life span motor development. Also a reference for motor development and behavior specialists, physical educators, and physical and occupational therapists.
Supplementary Instructional Materials
All ancillary materials are FREE to course adopters and available online at www.HumanKinetics.com/LifeSpanMotorDevelopment.
Instructor guide. Specifically developed for instructors of Life Span Motor Development, Fifth Edition, the instructor guide includes chapter overviews, supplemental class activities, suggested background readings, and an answer key to selected lab activities.
Test package. Created with Respondus 2.0, the test package includes more than 550 questions in true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, essay, and short-answer formats. With Respondus, instructors can create versions of their own tests by selecting from the question pool, select their own test forms and save them for later editing or printing, and export the tests into a word-processing program.
Presentation package plus image bank. The presentation package contains more than 480 slides of text, photos, and artwork from the book that instructors can use for class discussion and presentation. The fifth edition’s presentation package includes more than 40 video clips and improved visual appeal to offer a more engaging presentation of the content. Plus, the newly added image bank includes most of the figures, content photos, and tables from the text, sorted by chapter, that can be used to develop a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.
The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed to make transparencies or handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides as well as search for images based on key words.