Division of Health and Physical Education



PE 415 - Lifespan Motor Development Instructor: Dr. Brian Caster

Fall Term, 2005 (CRN 10908) Office: NPE 219

Location: Std 102b Phone: (503)838-8364

Days: TuTh Time: 12:30-1:50 (541)753-6264

e-mail: casterb@wou.edu

Office Hrs: MWF 9:00 10:00 am

WF 2:00 3:00 pm

Course Description This course will provide students of physical education and exercise science with a knowledge base in the study of changes in motor behavior across the lifespan, the processes that underlie these changes, and the factors that affect them.


Course Objectives

Students successfully completing this course will be able to competently:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the human developmental process across the lifespan.

2. Debate current trends and issues in motor development research.

3. Distinguish developmental issues from other motor skill issues.

4. Describe current theories used to study human motor development.

5. Distinguish between roles of genetics and extrinsic factors on growth and aging.

6. Identify developmental and aging changes in physiological, skeletal and neuromotor


7. Identify elements and developmental progression of basic movement patterns, including stability, locomotion, upper & lower extremity ballistic skills and manipulative skills.

8. Understand the role of changes in visual, kinesthetic and auditory systems in motor skill development.

9. Discuss the interactions between cognitive and motor development across the lifespan.

10. Understand and apply interactions among individual, environmental and task constraints to problems of motor development.


Text: Haywood & Getchell (2005). Life Span Motor Development (4th ed).

(NOTE: 3rd Edition, 2001 is acceptable)



1. Written Assignments

Weekly written assignments will involve observation and practical application relative to specific motor development topics.


2. Exams

Students will be tested on information covered in lecture and readings. Exams will consist of essay questions which provide for comparison and contrast among principles and for practical application. The midterm and final are weighted equally, and represent a test of knowledge over respective components of the course (final is not comprehensive).



The above requirements will contribute to the final grade as follows:

Written Assignments: 20%

Midterm Exam: 40%

Final Exam: 40%

Letter grades will be assigned to your overall percentage grade as follows (decimal values of .5 and greater will be rounded up):

A: 93-100 A-: 90-92 B+: 88-89 B: 83-87 B-: 80-82

C+: 78-79 C: 73-77 C-: 70-72 D+: 68-69 D: 63-67 D-: 60-62 F: 0-59


Weekly Topics and Readings


Week# Reading Topic(s)


Week 1 Introduction to Motor Development

Chapter 1 Fundamental Concepts

Chapter 2 Theoretical Foundations

Chapter 17 Interactions Among Constraints

Week 2 Physical Growth and Aging

Chapter 3 Physical Growth, Maturation and Aging

Chapter 4 Development and Aging of Body Systems


Week 3 Impact of Perceptual-Motor Development

Chapter 9 Sensory-Perceptual Development

Chapter 10 Perception and Action in Development

Week 4 Physical Fitness over the Lifespan

Chapter 14 Development of Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Chapter 15 Development of Strength and Flexibility

Chapter 16 Development of Body Composition


Week 5 Catch-up & Review for Midterm

Midterm Exam (exact date announced in class)


Week 6 Chapter 5 Early Motor Development


Week 7 Chapter 6 Development of Human Locomotion


Week 8 Chapter 7 Development of Ballistic Skills


Week 9 Chapter 8 Development of Manipulative Skills


Week 10 Additional Topics; Catch-up & Review for Final


Week 11 Final Exam Thursday, Dec 8th, 10:00am