38651 - Sports Educator

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Franco Merni
  • Credits: 3
  • SSD: M-EDF/01
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Exercise and Sport Sciences (cod. 8512)

Learning outcomes

The purpose of this course is to train competent graduates to introduce sport activity in the school. With particular reference to the primary one, as a reinforcement of the educational offer within the Body, movement and sport (physical education in primary school) in coherence with the current national ministerial indications and with the proposals on the territory (CONI, Regional School Office, Sport Italian Federations).

Course contents

The development of conditional and coordinative abilities in school activities: educational proposals

Primary school in the National Educational System Reform

Indications for the curriculum in primary school

The Primary School of autonomy and its organization

The skills of the educator: knowing how to communicate, plan, teach

The development of basic motor skills through play and multilateral activity: running, jumping, throwing, hitting, educational progressions for different development stages.

Educational programming, start-up to sport and school evaluation.

Learning motor skills and teaching.

Theoretical Approaches: Cognitivist and Dynamic and the learning stages

The types of didactic objectives: Result, performance, process

The concepts of: Acquisition, Retention and Transfer

Provide instructions: verbal, visual, kinaesthetic; summative feedback, bandwidth and on request and with progressive reduction, extrinsic, intrinsic, descriptive, prescriptive

Constant or variable practice

Knowledge of the performance: Terminal, Concurrent and with Guidance

Motor activities and interdisciplinarity. Knowledge of bicycle and primary bike skills (driving the vehicle, brake and accelerate) and group cycling in relation to other teaching subjects in school like (Biology, Physiology, Nutrition, Pathology Prevention, Road Rules, Mathematics, Physics, History and Geography)

Psychological, psychomotor, sociological aspects of play.

Free or deliberate play, structured or deliberate practice

Game categories: invasion (precise or open target), with net or wall, task (directly or indirectly opposite), field and position, personal performance.

The elements of the game: roles, spaces, times, scores, objects, relationships.

Aims of the play for the development: physical efficiency, cognitive and creativity functions for life's abilities, from fairy tales to moving stories and games with rhythm.

Development of basic motor skills and motor coordination through playful activities and multilateralism, from traditional play to game-sport and multisport.


Motor Learning and Development

P. S Haibach, G. Reid, D. H. Collier.

Human Kinetics Champaing Il. 2011


Advanced Analysis of Motor Development

Haywood K. M., Roberton M. A., Getchell N..

Human Kinetics Champaing Il. 2012


Life span Motor Development

Haywood K. M., Getchell N..

Human Kinetics Champaing Il. 2014


Joy of moving. Movimenti & immaginazione. MINDMOVERS & IMAGINACTION

C. Pesce, R. Marchetti, A. Motta, M. Bellucci

Edizione Inglese Calzetti Mariucci 2015


Teaching methods

Frontal lessons
Laboratory in the gym

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Teaching tools

The development of basic motor skills through play activities and pre-sport play
Psychomotor development, personality and the correct attitude towards physical activities and starting sport activities.
The development of motor skills and abilities through the play method and the didactic proposals for the different ages in the school
Adapted activities for inclusion

Office hours

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Good health and well-being

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