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Understanding Motor Development: Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults + Navigate 2 Advantage Access, 8th Edition

  • Jacqueline D. Goodway
  • John C. Ozmun
  • David L. Gallahue
  • ISBN-10: 1284174948
  • ISBN-13: 9781284174946
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

A best-selling text, Understanding Motor Development: Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults provides students and professionals with both an explanatory and a descriptive basis for the processes and products of motor development. Covering the entire life span, this text focuses on the phases of motor development and provides a solid introduction to the biological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral aspects within each developmental stage. The student is presented with the most up-to-date research and theory, while the Triangulated Hourglass Model is used as a consistent conceptual framework that brings clarity to understanding infant, childhood, adolescent, and adult motor development.


  • In order to reflect current research and professional viewpoints, all chapters have been extensively revised, particularly those focused on the development of fundamental movement, perceptual-motor development, and motor skill intervention.

  • Age-group-specific chapters in the Eighth Edition feature an enhanced focus on intervention.

  • Developmental Dilemma Boxes consider interesting and perplexing questions raised by the study of human development.

  • International Perspective Boxes consider how perspectives on various aspects of human growth and development differ depending on cultural norms, ethnicity, socioeconomic conditions, and a host of other factors.

  • Every new print copy includes access to Navigate 2 Advantage, a dynamic technology solution with online learning materials including an interactive eBook, student study aids and assessments, and more.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Background
Chapter 1: Understanding Motor Development: An Overview
Chapter 2: Models Of Human Development
Chapter 3: Motor Development: Theoretical Models
Chapter 4: Selected Factors Related to Motor Development

Unit 2: Infancy
Chapter 5: Prenatal Factors Affecting Development
Chapter 6: Prenatal and Infant Growth
Chapter 7: Infant Reflexes and Rhythmical Stereotypies
Chapter 8: Rudimentary Movement Abilities
Chapter 9: Infant Perception

Unit 3: Childhood
Chapter 10: Childhood Growth and Development
Chapter 11: Development of Fundamental Movement: Manipulation Skills
Chapter 12: Development of Fundamental Movement: Locomotor Skills
Chapter 13: Physical Development of Children
Chapter 14: Perceptual Motor Development and Motor Skill Interventions

Unit 4: Adolescence
Chapter 15: Adolescent Growth, Puberty, and Reproductive Maturity
Chapter 16: Specialized Movement Skills
Chapter 17: Fitness Changes During Adolescence

Unit 5: Adulthood
Chapter 18: Physiological and Psychosocial Development in Adults
Chapter 19: Motor Performance in Adults