68017 - Methodology and Didactics of Motor Activity

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Andrea Ceciliani (Modulo 1) Michela Schenetti (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Primary teacher education (cod. 8540)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the main thematic and procedural joints for a modern educational culture of the body; -knowledge of the main elements in motor development and psychomotor development of the child; -knowledge of body distress indicators in children's behavior; - ability to apply the principles of non-verbal communication within the educational relationship; - ability to compare and choose amongst expressive situation; ability to disign and conduct varied operational situation in order to nurture and enrich phycho-motor development in childhood.

Course contents

The program will focus on the following contents:


Psychomotor development in childhood. Innate reflexes and basic motor skills. Special motor skills. The motor learning process . The perception of the own body and the awareness of intrinsic and extrinsic feedback. Motor dexterity and fine motor skill as basic goals of child development.

Education through the movement. The game as a learning and development framework. The various theories of the game. The evolution of the game in childhood. Free play and encoded play. The Playsport. Dance and body expression. Dance and education with the body.

The content of education. The concept of exercise and play application. Predisposition of high attentional engagement and cognitive educational situations. The educational situation and organisation of physical education session. Teaching styles and methods. The main educational pathways: easy-difficult; simple-complex; known-unknown. Productive and reproductive methods. The open personal style.


Body and corporeality in childhood development. Body and learning, the paradigm of embodied cognition. Pedagogy and didactics of corporeality: Body, relationship, emotion and affectivity. Body and corporeality in institutional documents (MIUR, 2012, 2018, 2021). Body and corporeality in teaching-learning processes and in the different school models. Didactic strategies and methodologies that enhance the centrality of the body.


The program also includes laboratory experience (8 hours) that is characterized by the following requirements:

• Objectives: realizing concrete learning situation towards general objectives and specific goals related to Physical Education in childhood.

• Links to Teaching: In learning situations, methods, contents, and teaching styles recalled in frontal lesson will be taken, also in relation to the different age development phases.

• The teaching strategies used are based on the participatory lesson, working group, and short dossiers on the experience carried out.

• The laboratory experience is related both to the infancy school and to the primary school.




Foundamental Books

Ceciliani A. (a cura di), 2020, L’educazione motoria nella scuola primaria. Roma: Carocci ISBN 9788829000883

Farnè R., Bortolotti A., Terrusi M. (a cura di), 2018, Outdoor Education: prospettive teoriche e buone pratiche, Roma: Carocci

Vullo, Lucangeli, (2021) Il corpo è docente. Sguardo, ascolto, gesti, contatto: la comunicazione non verbale a scuola, edizioni Erickson, Trento.


Handouts provided by teachers.

Ceciliani A., 2015, Corpo e movimento nella scuola dell'infanzia. Junior Spaggiari, Parma

Pesce C. et al (2015) Joy of moving. Perugia: Calzetti Mariucci Editori

Gray, P. (2015) Lasciateli giocare. Torino: Einaudi. English Versione Gray P., (2013) Free to learn.New York: Basic Books 






Teaching methods

Active Lectures.

Cooperative Learning for particular topics.


Assessment methods

  • Written test.

The test is constructed with the following typology of questions: multiple answer, true-false, open answer. The test can be prepared with all types of questions or only some of them.  For the open questions the total score can be assigned if the answer is complete and correct;  a partial score can be assigned  if the answer is incomplete;   any score can be assigned  if the answer is off topic or wrong.

  • Group Evaluation in Cooperative Learning and assignment of 1 additional point.

ATTENTION: it is necessary to do the 8-hour workshop before the written test.

The final mark will be expressed in thirtieths (30/30).

Students are nor required to skip exam sessions. In case of failure, students can sit the exam again during any of the following sessions.

In order to take the exam, students must register via Alma Esami, in compliance with mandatory deadlines. Students who are unable to register due to technical issues must communicate (and in any case before the formal closure of the registration lists) the problem to the Ufficio Didattico at once. Lecturers reserve the right to admit or not the student to the exam.

Teaching tools

Laboratory activities.

Bibliographyc research

Production of a short personal dossier by the student.

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Ceciliani

See the website of Michela Schenetti


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.