Understanding Motor Development, a worldwide best-selling text, provides students with both an explanatory and a descriptive basis for the processes and products of motor development. Covering the entire life span, this text focuses on the phases of motor development and provides a solid introduction to the biological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral aspects within each developmental stage. The student is presented with the most up-to-date research and theory, while the Triangulated Hourglass Model is used as a consistent conceptual framework that brings clarity to understanding infant, childhood, adolescent, and adult motor development.
David L. Gallahue is Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) and Professor of Kinesiology at Indiana University. He received his BS degree from Indiana University, MS degree from Purdue University, and EdD degree from Temple University. Dr. Gallahue is active in the applied study of motor development and movement skill learning of children in physical activity and sport settings. He is the author of numerous textbooks, book chapters, and journal articles. His work has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Greek. Dr. Gallahue has been a Visiting Professor, Guest Lecturer, and Keynote Speaker on over 200 occasions at universities and professional conferences in 18 countries. He is a past-president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and past-chair of the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC) and the Motor Development Academy. He is an elected member of both the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE) and the North American Society for HPER.SD. He received the Healthy American Fitness Award, and is currently International Vice President for both the Asian Council on Exercise and Sport Science (ACESS) and the International Society for the Study of Children (SIEC). Gallahue has served as a consultant to two governing bodies of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USA Gymnastics & USA Skiing), the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS), and several school districts. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for scholarship and leadership focused on children and youth and has received Honorary Professorships at Beijing Sports University and Chengdu Sports University, both in China.
Unit 1 Background 1 Understanding Motor Development: An Overview 2 Models of Human Development 3 Motor Development: A Theoretical Model 4 Selected Factors Affecting Motor Development Unit 2 Infancy 5 Prenatal Factors Affecting Development 6 Prenatal and Infant Growth 7 Infant Reflexes and Rhythmical Stereotypies 8 Rudimentary Movement Abilities 9 Infant Perception Unit 3 Childhood 10 Childhood Growth and Development 11 Fundamental Movement Abilities 12 Physical Development of Children 13 Childhood Perception and Perceptual-Motor Development 14 Childhood Self-Concept Development Unit 4 Adolescence 15 Adolescent Growth, Puberty, and Reproductive Maturity 16 Specialized Movement Abilities 17 Fitness Changes During Adolescence 18 Adolescent Socialization Unit 5 Adulthood 19 Physiological Changes in Adults 20 Motor Performance in Adults 21 Psychosocial Development in Adults Unit 6 Programming 22 Assessing Motor Behavior 23 Programming for Developmental Physical Activity