PHED183 Movement and Physical Education for Early Childhood

Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education

I. Course Number and Title
PHED183 Movement and Physical Education for Early Childhood
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
A study and application of the theories of movement, games, self-testing, and challenge activities suitable for young children. The growth patterns, developmental needs, interests, and related movement activities of elementary school children are examined. Field experience is included. Lifetime health benefits related to proper nutrition and exercise physiology are examined.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To define the purpose of movement experiences of young children in a school curriculum.
    2. To gain an understanding of the activities and functions of movement education and physical education in early childhood.
    3. To develop a working knowledge of the educational models designed for young children: Day Care Centers, Nursery Schools, Elementary Schools.
    4. To develop a comprehensive physical education curriculum that ranges from early childhood through elementary school.
    5. To develop a functional understanding of the physical, mental and emotional development of children.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Nature and Scope of Elementary Physical Education
      1. Is Elementary Physical Education for Me?
      2. What is Early Childhood Health and Physical Education
      3. The discipline of Elementary Physical Education
      4. AAHPERD
      5. Preparation of Transfer
    2. Aims and Goals of Early Childhood Physical Education
      1. Physiological
      2. Sociological
      3. Neuromuscular
      4. Cognitive
      5. Psychological
    3. Activities for Early Childhood Physical Education
      1. Movement awareness
      2. Body awareness
      3. Spatial awareness
      4. Rhythmic awareness
    4. Children and Activities
      1. Human Development
      2. Physical Growth and Development
      3. Cardio-respiratory Growth and Development
      4. Factory Affecting Growth and Development
      5. Personal and Social Development
    5. Teaching Strategies and techniques
      1. Motivational Techniques
      2. Styles of Teaching
      3. Teaching Strategies
      4. Maintaining Discipline
      5. Techniques of Effective Teaching
    6. History of Physical Education
      1. Physical Education in Early Greece and Rome
      2. Physical Education during the Dark Ages to Modern Times
      3. Physical Education in Modern Europe
      4. Physical Education in the United States
    7. Provision for Special Needs and Programs
      1. Integrating Children with Special Needs
      2. Enhancing Academic Skills and Concepts
      3. Adapting Physical Education Classes to the Classroom
    8. Games and Movement Activities
      1. Locomotor and Manipulative Games
      2. Cooperative games and Learning Activities
      3. Athletic Skills Games
      4. Gymnastic and Movement Activities
      5. Dance and Movement Activities
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    The required textbook is selected by the full-time faculty teaching this course and will be specified in the course format. These details and others will be clarified in the course format created by each instructor and distributed to each student upon enrollment and attendance in class.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
The methods of instruction will include lectures, practical activity demonstrations, and student presentations.

Review/Approval Date - 6/99