The course aims to offer theories, techniques and methods for motor education aimed in particular at the early childhood age group. Knowledge of motor development with reference to the developmental age.

The student will be able to achieve the following educational objectives:
-to acquire basic knowledge about motor activities with particular attention to psycho-physical development and motor learning in developmental age;
-to diversify the educational proposals to be applied to the age group 0-6 to consolidate and strengthen types of educational intervention through movement.


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Part of the programme is dedicated to early childhood and to applications to childhood education contexts.
- The pedagogical value of the body and movement in recreational and motor activities.
- Motor development: the ontogenesis and evolution of the basic motor patterns in evolutionary age.
- Psychomotor education in its various aspects and the relationships between body growth, neuromotor and psychic development.
- The acquisition of motor skills, the description of postural patterns and the development of co-ordinative and conditional abilities in the developmental age.
- Motor activity and autonomy: socio-intellectual, emotional and moral development.
- Teaching strategies, teaching styles and interdisciplinary approaches.
- The first forms of gesture applied to micro and mini-sports.
- Motor learning and executive functions.
- Routes and design of recreational activities at ages 0-6.
- Roles and competences of educators in different educational contexts and services.
- Observation and assessment of motor skills at nursery school.
- Educational setting: space, time, struments and tools.
- Motor education and education: environmental, sensory, road, citizenship and intercultural, health and food.
- Discovering and educating emotions for psychophysical well-being.
- Outdoor Movement Education - Outdoor Adventure Education.
- Supplement background and symbolic recreational activities in preschool settings.

Testi Adottati

Ceciliani A. (2016). Gioco e movimento al nido. Facilitare lo sviluppo da zero a tre anni. Roma: Carocci.
Coco D. (2014). Pedagogia del corpo ludico-motorio e sviluppo morale. Roma: Anicia.

Other publications will be recommended during the course

Modalità Erogazione

The course of THEORY AND METHODS OF MOTOR ACTIVITY IN CHILDHOOD, CFU: 6, SSD: M-EDF/01 is articulated in 36 hours of lectures, with activity either in presence and on line. Class attendance is optional but highly recommended. Attending and non-attending students can register on the dedicated page of the THEORY AND METHODS OF MOTOR ACTIVITY IN CHILDHOOD course in the "Formonline" platform to obtaining course material, participating in discussion forums and performing practical exercises proposed in the classroom. In case of extension of COVID-19 health emergency, the course will be held online via Microsoft Teams environment.

Modalità Valutazione

In the case of an extension of the health emergency from COVID-19, all the provisions governing the assessment methods of the students will be implemented. In particular, the following procedure will be applied: written/oral exam.