Ch 4: Physical and Motor Development

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn about physical and motor development in children and adolescents. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these development topics.

Physical and Motor Development - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter examines physical development in humans throughout their lifespan, with a particular emphasis on child and adolescent development. You'll look at cognitive and motor skills that are developed in childhood and find out about the changes that take place during puberty. After you're done with these lessons, you'll have knowledge of:

  • Body changes for children
  • Brain development in middle childhood
  • Growth spurts
  • Adolescent sexual development
  • Social changes associated with puberty

Video Objective
What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples Highlights critical moments in human development. Details changes that take place in childhood, adolescence and late adulthood.
Physical Development in Early Childhood Examines development of 2- to 7-year-old children. Identifies changes that take place in the body and the brain during this period.
Physical Development in Middle Childhood Illustrates changes that occur in children age 7-12. Lists physical changes and assesses brain development for this age group.
Physical Growth in Adolescence Defines adolescence and introduces growth spurts. Differentiates between puberty in girls and in boys.
Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent Describes the physical changes that occur in puberty. Examines changes in primary and secondary sex characteristics and takes a look at social and emotional changes for this age group.

5 Lessons in Chapter 4: Physical and Motor Development
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

1. What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

Everyone grows and changes throughout their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at some important times in physical development, including childhood and old age, and how physical development contributes to other types of development.

Physical Development in Early Childhood

2. Physical Development in Early Childhood

Between the ages of two and seven, children grow and develop dramatically. Watch this lesson to look at some of the physical developments in early childhood, including balance, fine motor coordination and brain development.

Physical Development in Middle Childhood

3. Physical Development in Middle Childhood

Between the ages of seven and twelve, children physically grow and change in ways that influence every part of their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at the ways that physical and brain development impact emotional and intellectual abilities.

Physical Growth in Adolescence

4. Physical Growth in Adolescence

Adolescents go through many physical changes. Watch this lesson to find out some of the physical developments that happen during adolescence, including those related to puberty, growth spurts and gender differences in growth.

Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

5. Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

In this lesson, explore the changes that take place during puberty. You will meet Dick and Jane as they experience these changes, and you will be able to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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