Ch 7: PLACE Physical Education: Motor Skill Acquisition

About This Chapter

Review the ways in which motor skills are developed with our entertaining lessons and quizzes. Knowledge of this material may help you pass the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Physical Education exam.

PLACE Physical Education: Motor Skill Acquisition - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you prepare for the PLACE Physical Education exam. By reviewing these video and text lessons, you will study concepts such as movement, biomechanics, fine motor skills and physical activity. A full comprehension of these and related concepts are helpful for answering questions related to:

  • Detailing motor development theories
  • Discussing details about biomechanics and kinesiology
  • Defining locomotor and non-locomotor skills
  • Identifying characteristics of object control skills
  • Exploring correct posture development
  • Understanding motor units and muscle contractions
  • Explaining changes in motor and sensory skills in late adulthood
  • Describing perceptual development
  • Listing factors that affect motor development at various ages
  • Illustrating how physical activities promote motor learning

Each video lesson offers a timeline feature for easy access to specific parts of the lessons and printable transcripts you can use as handy reference tools. The text lessons have key words in body for easy reference, and quizzes allow you to use the same multiple-choice format found on the actual PLACE Physical Education exam to assess the level of your knowledge and exam preparation.

15 Lessons in Chapter 7: PLACE Physical Education: Motor Skill Acquisition
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Fundamental Concepts of Movement & Physicality

1. Fundamental Concepts of Movement & Physicality

What are the fundamental movement skills? Why are they useful? Can movement based instruction help with other skills? These are some of the ideas we will be discussing in this lesson.

Principles of Biomechanics & Kinesiology Related to Motor Skills & Movement Patterns

2. Principles of Biomechanics & Kinesiology Related to Motor Skills & Movement Patterns

In this lesson, we review how biomechanics and kinesiology relate to both motor skills and movement patterns. We also discuss some of the basic principles of each and how they relate to human movement, the brain, muscles, and the body.

What Are Locomotor Skills? - Definition, Instruction & Examples

3. What Are Locomotor Skills? - Definition, Instruction & Examples

We are about to get a move on, literally! This lesson describes the difference between locomotor and non-locomotor skills and explains the vital role each plays in the development of a child's physical abilities.

What Are Non-locomotor Skills? - Definition & Characteristics

4. What Are Non-locomotor Skills? - Definition & Characteristics

There are three fundamental body movement skills typically taught in elementary physical education. They are locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills. This lesson defines and explains non-locomotor skills.

Object Control Skills: Characteristics & Critical Elements

5. Object Control Skills: Characteristics & Critical Elements

In this lesson we will review object control skills and manipulative skills. We will identify specific characteristics and crucial elements of the skills, as well.

Strategies for Developing Correct Posture

6. Strategies for Developing Correct Posture

In this lesson we will discuss the components of developing correct posture. We will explore the different ways to improve posture and how correct posture can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Developing Movement Skills: Principles & Activities

7. Developing Movement Skills: Principles & Activities

In this lesson, we discuss ways to develop movement skills. These include locomotor, non-locomotor, and object control skills, used separately or in combination.

How Motor Unit Summation Develops Muscle Tension

8. How Motor Unit Summation Develops Muscle Tension

Did you know that skeletal muscles are composed of motor units? This lesson describes the nature of a motor unit and how motor unit recruitment regulates whole muscle contraction. Additionally, this lesson describes the effect of strength conditioning on muscle.

What Are Fine Motor Skills in Children? - Development, Definition & Examples

9. What Are Fine Motor Skills in Children? - Development, Definition & Examples

Think of toddlers at a daycare, or the young actors in the movie 'The Kindergarten Cop.' What comes to mind? Is it small children doing arts and crafts or possibly running around with scissors? These are examples of fine motor skills, which children should develop around this age.

Sensory and Motor Changes in Late Adulthood

10. Sensory and Motor Changes in Late Adulthood

As people age, their senses change and dull. But why does this happen? In this lesson, we'll examine the changes in the brain and nervous system that cause a decline in sensory perception in later life.

Perceptual Development in Infants

11. Perceptual Development in Infants

Why are some senses more developed than others for a newborn? You'll learn which senses are initially important for infants to bond with and recognize their mothers and which one is still in development after birth.

The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

12. The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

How does a child's perceptual development progress, and what is the role of attention in this process? This lesson will use examples to teach you about this relationship and walk you through the changes.

Factors Influencing Motor Development

13. Factors Influencing Motor Development

Understanding and supporting motor development in children plays an important role in teaching kids. This lesson will discuss gross and fine motor skills and the factors that influence their development.

How Principles of Motor Learning Affect Physicality

14. How Principles of Motor Learning Affect Physicality

As a physical education teacher, you are probably interested in helping students acquire more physical skills, endurance, and agility. This lesson discusses how the principles of motor learning can impact physicality.

Promoting Motor Learning With Activities, Sports & Games

15. Promoting Motor Learning With Activities, Sports & Games

In this lesson, we review ways to promote motor learning. We discuss activities, sports, and games that improve motor learning, and we discuss certain patterns and behaviors.

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