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Second Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/46]  PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION [46/00 - Ord. 2011]  PERCORSO COMUNE 9 70


Motor Science

Objectives (expected knowledge and skills)

1. Knowledge and understanding
Students will have to show a basic knowledge of some theoretical and methodological issues such as:
• The contribution of Motor Science as a founding and orienting learning in the different phases of the child development;
• The stages of motor development in childhood from birth to eleven years of age,, the movement development (motor control, motion game, sports education);
• The transdisciplinary aspects contributing to develop the expressive, communicative and, relational parts, as well as the learning of basic and postural motor patterns through games.
• The development of the individual body and identity awareness;
• The knowledge of the scientific and technical jargon related to the discipline.

2. Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
• analyse and identify the most suitable materials and tools to design and evaluate teaching units, according to the National Guidelines in the field of motor science education.
• recognize the individual student’s conditions in the classroom, promote inclusion with motor activities aimed at including pupils with special educational needs.
• share transdisciplinary plans and programs with the professionals involved through motor activities.

3. Making judgements
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
• evaluate learning experiences resulting from motor activities in nursery and primary schools.
• identify more appropriate didactic strategies for the pupils’ educational success.

4. Communication skills
Students will develop communication skills to:
• communicate with their colleagues and plan systemic interventions for the development of cognitive, social, and inclusive experiences through motor activities.

5. Learning skills
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
• learn autonomously;
identify suitable teaching materials and strategies to promote motor activities in the learning process of nursery and primary schools.



Students should have acquired a basic knowledge of General Didactics, Experimental Didactics, Special Pedagogy and Didactics.



The discipline develops through a path where the knowledge of body and movement become crucial in the process of growth and human education, during the pre-school and primary school stages. In particular, the contribution of physical education is presented as a fundamental instrument orienting learning at different stages in the child development.

The body representation, its social function, the pedagogical care.
The basic motor patterns.
The body schema and its developmental stages.
The characteristics of motor learning in childhood.
Lateralization, coordination.
The motor skills and the reading, writing, logical and mathematical learning.
The National Guidelines for the preschool curriculum (The body and movement) and the first cycle of education (physical education).
The motor skills and the interdisciplinarity.
The game (definition and concept). Different types of games, theatre, dance.
The design and evaluation of expressive activities, sports and inclusive motor activities in the knowledge processes.

Teaching Methods

Interchange of directive/lecture and active/explorative methods will be applied, such as small group activities, exercises, activities in gym
in which will be enhance:
-The practical experience of the movement
-Body value in learning experiences
-The debriefing to summarize what emerges from the group and to grasp the function of specific activities.
The Laboratory (10 hours) is complementary to the lessons, and the attendance is compulsory and preparatory to the examination.

Verification of learning

It will be prepared a written ongoing testing for attending students, they will have 120 minutes to answer to two open-ended questions. The exam will concern a general part of the program and will be indicated by the teacher. Students who will pass the written exam will not have to submit this part to the final exam, that will be oral. Those who do not attend the course will take only the oral exam on the whole program.
The exam is expressed in thirtieths.
The test evaluates the objectives set out in the section “Knowledge and understanding”.
The assessment takes into account the following elements:
- Knowledge of the topics and mastery of concepts and definitions;
- Compliance with the proposed themes;
- The students must show a proper language and clear and logical presentation, which should be complete but synthetic.


de Anna, L.( a cura di) (2009). Processi formativi e percorsi di integrazione nelle scienze motorie. Ricerca, teorie e prassi. Milano: Franco Angeli (in particolare sezione III)
Moliterni, P. (2013). Didattica e Scienze Motorie. Tra mediatori e integrazione. Roma: Armando
Morandi, M. (by). (2016). Corpo, educazione fisica, sport. Questioni pedagogiche. Milano: FrancoAngeli.
(in particolare cap. 5-6)
Pento, G. (a cura di). (2003). Muoversi per… piacere. Educare al corpo e al movimento nella scuola dell’infanzia. Azzano San Paolo: Edizioni Junior
Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca. (2012) Indicazioni Nazionali per il curricolo
Materials proposed to class

More Information

The lecturer meets students weekly, on Wednsday morning from 9,30, by agreed appointment via email ( )
The program's indications refer to A.A. 2019/2020
Further information can be found on the website
Students with special educational needs may benefit from a Disabled Office ( that certifies their difficulties in order to arrange individualized programs and exams.
Moreover, Erasmus students are invited to contact the teacher for any clarifications on the program and the study texts.

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