Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science (from 2008-2009)

Physical activity and development

Course code
Name of lecturer
Valter Durigon
Valter Durigon
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 27, 2017.

Lesson timetable

I semestre

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Learning outcomes

The objective of the course is to supply knowledge and skills in order to plan, develop and perform motor activity in developmental age, during early school age (6- 14 years).
The focus will be on the concept of a vertical curriculum for motor education as part of school education planning, in order to identify all-inclusive objectives for a shared teaching and an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching model. As part of extracurricular activities, the concepts of multi-sports and multi-laterality and the resulting related learning transfer possibilities will be examined.
During the course the main subjects related to the proposals of motor activities in developmental age will be examined and they will be made explicit through the guidance of a teaching-disciplinary planning based on intrapersonal and interpersonal life skills, on physical efficiency, motor coordination, cognitive functions and creativity. Students during the lessons will learn to consider a methodological approach that uses the variability of practice, i.e. the alternation between repetitions and change, to the right extent. They will prove they have understood the importance to evolve the development of basic motor schemes, from exercise of walking running and jumping, to learning of effective and differentiated movement techniques, as well as the importance of converging future teachings into adequate motor responses, in order to overcome on one hand the “barrier of mastery” and on the other hand the difficulty of the tasks.


During classroom lessons will be explained the main theories about motor learning and will be done also practice exercises in the gym for building educational paths and simulations of situations.

Suggested books:
Gallahue D.L. e Donnelly F.C., 2003. Development physical education for all children. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, USA
Pesce C, Marchetti R,, Motta A., Bellucci M., 2015, Joy of moving. Calzetti-Mariucci editore PG

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gallahue D.L. e Donnelly F.C. Developement physical education for all children Human Kinetics 2003
Pesce C, Marchetti R,, Motta A., Bellucci M. Joy of moving Calzetti-Mariucci editore 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Questionnaire of open-ended questions (number five).

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