85036 - Physical Education in Developmental Age

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Exercise and Sport Sciences (cod. 8766)

Learning outcomes

This course is essential in all the motor and sport activity fields in which youth people are involved. Methodology, didactics, communication and relationship must be well-known and used in different and dynamic situation with reference to the different ages. The choice of theory, technique and methodology is conditioned by development stage from infancy to adulthood and involve the different educational roles (teacher, trainer, instructor, entertainer).

Aim of the Course is to stimulate student's attitude towards open professionalism in sport and physical education's field, that are always in progress.

Knowledge and skill must be focused on the following expertise:

· relationship expertise: correct use of communication skill as regards the different youth's development age. Correct use of teaching approach in the general educational situation and in the particular didactic setting.

· Didactics expertise: correct use of methods and exercises as regards to the teaching program and objectives, let alone the different youth ages.

· Subject expertise: correct use of subject's knowledge in order to the different teaching component (objectives, programming, evaluation) .

· Practice expertise: correct use of educational flexibility in the Physical and Sport education class organization (setting, spaces, times, exercises, tools, Physical Education and sport facilities).

Course contents

1) Physical Education and Motor activities.

1a) Sensory motor system. The motor abilities. The Laterality. the motor skill - motor competence.

1b) Motor development in youth age. Motor schema ontogenesis Physical education and cognitive development from the stage of sensory motor intelligence. Emotional development (from egocentrism to social skills). Coordinative and physical load in development age.

2) The body perception. Body schema and body image.

3) Methodology and didactics. Educational situation (teaching-learning context). Educational relationship. Educational method. Educational communication. The teaching styles. Didactic setting. The contents of physical education. Programming-planning.Formative evaluation.

4)The Motor skills . Concept and classification. Motor learning. the motor schema theory. The feedback in learning process.

5) Play and game. Theories about the play. Play and education. Play and cognition. The versatility of the play. From the sensory motor play to play-sports

6) The teaching- learning experience. The PE or sport teaching - Class organization–  - learning target – Didactics progression (simple to complex – easy to difficult – know to unknown) – Hierarchical programming – modular programming. Evaluation and programming.

7) Educationa strategies.

7.1) Outdoor Education: outdoor adventure; outdoor learning.

7.2) Cooperative Learning.

8) Working online  or in situations of space-time restriction (e.g., pandemic COVID19) in physical education and sports. Useful directions, experiences and strategies.



Fundamental book for the Written test

  1. Ceciliani A. Corpo e movimento nella scuola dell'infanzia. Riflessioni e suggestioni per itinerari educativi nella fascia tre- sei anni. Edizioni Junior Spaggiari, 2015

Fundamental books for the oral test

  1. Ceciliani A. (a cura di), 2020, L’educazione motoria nella scuola primaria. Roma: Carocci ISBN 9788829000883
  2.  Formative Evaluation and wellbeing at school (Chapter provided by the teacher)
  3. Free Note-book (provided by the teacher) 

Recommended journal:

PE CAPDI Journal     https://www.capdi.org/home/index.php/9-rivista-e-f/871-archivio-rivista-e-f-2011-2015

SIRD Journal

Formazione e Insegnamento Journal

Infanzia Journal

Internet site:

Free web site for experiences in infancy school (toddlers and children) MOVIMPARO.



Teaching methods

Interactive Lectures

Cooperative Learning activities on particular topics

Laboratory Lesson and personal Dossier production.

Assessment methods

Final exam will be performer by means of:

1) Written examination (closed answer test): this trial to be based on the book “Scienze e motricità” as evaluation of the basic subject knowledge.

2) Oral examination: this trial to be based on the whole program.

3) Personal Dossier evaluation (at the same time of the oral examination). The dossier will make by the student on Teacher and tutor's indications.

4) Evaluation of Cooperative Learning

Teaching tools

Laboratory activities

Student's personal Dossier production about laboratory activities.

Bibliographic research, agreed upon with the teacher.

Cooperative Learning strategy.

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Ceciliani


Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality

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