ERIC Number: ED106233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-15
The Motor Learning of Children.
Christina, Robert W.
This study presents some highlights of what research tells the practitioner about the motor learning of children. Major emphasis is on motor learning in relation to the physical and motor characteristics of the child's maturation and development. In the first three sections of the study, general ideas concerning motor learning are discussed. Topics presented include the following: (a) maturation and motor learning; (b) development and motor learning; and (c) transfer and motor learning. The final sections of the report concentrate on more specific aspects of the motor learning of children, focusing on the following age groups: (a) infancy: ages 0-2; (b) early childhood: ages 2-6; and (c) late childhood: ages 6-12. Research dealing with factors known to influence the motor learning of children, such as appropriate levels of sensory stimulation, critical learning periods, exposure to a variety of basic skills, the child's interest, motor readiness, and sex differences is also reviewed. The study concludes that more research is needed in many areas concerned with motor learning of children, including the following: (a) various learning phenomena in relation to children's acquisition of motor skills; (b) the influence that the learning of motor skills has on the child's social, intellectual, and emotional development; and (c) the kind of experiences, amount of exposure to each experience, and timing of introduction of each experience in order for learning to be most effective. (JS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Atlantic City, New Jersey, March 15, 1975)