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Advanced Analysis of Motor Development

Advanced Analysis of Motor Development


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    Advanced Analysis of Motor Development explores how research is conducted in testing major issues and questions in motor development. It also looks at the evolution of research in the field, its current status, and possible future directions. This text is one of the few to examine motor development models and theories analytically while providing a context for advanced students in motor development so they can understand current and classic research in the field.

    Traditionally, graduate study in motor development has been approached through a compilation of readings from various sources. This text meets the need for in-depth study in a more cohesive manner by presenting parallels and highlighting relationships among research studies that independent readings might not provide. In addition, Advanced Analysis of Motor Development builds a foundation in the theories and approaches in the field and demonstrates how they drive contemporary research in motor development.

    A valuable text for graduate students beginning their own research projects or making the transition from student to researcher, this text focuses on examining and interpreting research in the field. Respected researchers Haywood, Roberton, and Getchell explain the history and evolution of the field and articulate key research issues. As they examine each of the main models and theories that have influenced the field, they share how motor development research can be applied to the fields of physical education, special education, physical therapy, and rehabilitation sciences.

    With its emphasis on critical inquiry, Advanced Analysis of Motor Development will help students examine important topics and questions in the field in a more sophisticated manner. They will learn to analyze research methods and results as they deepen their understanding of developmental phenomena. For each category of movement skills covered (posture and balance, foot locomotion, ballistic skills, and manipulative skills), the authors first offer a survey of the pertinent research and then present an in-depth discussion of the landmark studies. In analyzing these studies, students will come to appreciate the detail of research and begin to explore possibilities for their own future research. Throughout the text, special elements help students focus on analysis. Tips for Novice Researchers sidebars highlight issues and questions raised by research and offer suggestions for further exploration and study. Comparative tables detail the differences in the purpose, methods, and results of key studies to help students understand not only what the studies found but also the relevance of those findings.

    With Advanced Analysis of Motor Development, readers will discover how research focusing on the major issues and central questions in motor development is produced and begin to conceptualize their own research. Readers will encounter the most important models and theories; dissect some of the seminal and recent articles that test these models and theories; and examine issues such as nature and nurture, discontinuity and continuity, and progression and regression. Advanced Analysis of Motor Development will guide students to a deeper understanding of research in life span motor development and enable them to examine how the complexities of motor development can be addressed in their respective professions.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. What Is Motor Development? Theoretical Perspectives

    Chapter 1. Descriptive Perspectives
    Definition of Motor Development Study
    History of Motor Development in the United States
    Concept of Development
    Three Early Pioneers of Motor Development
    Stage Versus Age
    Physical Educators and Kinesiologists in the Field
    Legacies From the Descriptive Perspectives
    Specific Contributions of the Descriptive Perspectives
    Role of Description Within Motor Development Research

    Chapter 2. Perspectives on Perception and Action
    Indirect Perspective
    Direct Perspective
    A Resolution?

    Chapter 3. Systems Perspective
    Model of Constraints
    Dynamic Systems
    Applying the Dynamic Systems Model to a Motor Development Problem

    Chapter 4. Motor Development Research Approaches
    Research Designs
    Development Simulation
    Dependent Variables
    Anthropometric Measures
    Moving the Field Forward: Strong Inference Research
    Moving the Field Forward: Wohlwill’s Developmental Research Schema
    Research Methods in Practice: Esther Thelen and Reflex Stepping

    Part II. What Perspectives Do Researchers Use to Study Motor Development? Contemporary Research

    Chapter 5. Development of Postural Control
    Theoretical Perspectives
    Early Development
    Rising to Stand
    Postural Control in Older Adulthood

    Chapter 6. Development of Foot Locomotion
    Intertask Developmental Sequence
    Intratask Developmental Sequences
    Further Study

    Chapter 7. Development of Ballistic Skills
    Intertask Developmental Sequence
    Intratask Developmental Sequences
    Developmental Research

    Chapter 8. Development of Manipulative Skills
    Reaching and Grasping
    Interception Skills

    Part III. How Do Practitioners Adopt a Developmental Perspective? Applying Research

    Chapter 9. Atypical Motor Development
    Identifying Atypical Development by Understanding Typical Development
    Motor Development That Is Not Average
    Combining Theory and Practice

    Chapter 10. Advances in Interventions
    Interventions in Typically Developing Populations
    Interventions for Atypical Populations
    Interventions for Children With Disabilities

    About the Authors