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From The CriticsReviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This book provides a historical context for motor development while discussing where the scientific field is today and where it is headed.
Purpose: The purpose is to help reinforce many of the fundamental principles while developing these theories into current research practices and ideas.
Audience: The audience includes advanced level students interested in learning and applying the science of motor development. Students should have prior course work and research interests in the field. The book is too advanced for an undergraduate level course, but it may be a teaching resource for educators in a related field of study who may be interested in motor development.
Features: This is an excellent review of where the field of motor development has been, where it is now, and where it is headed. The chapters are broken up into standalone sections that allow students to read the book out of sequence while still grasping the material. It provides a sufficient amount of examples for research design and development with a diverse population in mind.
Assessment: This book is an excellent academic resource for students interested in taking their understanding of motor development beyond their undergraduate level education. It bridges the gap between many of the key concepts and theory and their application. It is richly supported with current scientific literature from the field while providing enough questions to enable readers to see the gaps in the literature that will lead to future research.