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Motor Learning & Control
Department of Biobehavioral Sciences
Welcome to Motor Learning & Control
Motor Learning study focuses on the behavioral, biomechanical, and neural bases of development, acquisition, and performance of functional movement skills. Acquisition of skill is examined over the lifespan in typically developing and impaired individuals. Movement analysis is used to elucidate the neuromotor control processes underlying skilled performance in everyday functional behaviors, sport, and dance. The teacher or therapist’s role in facilitating skill learning and performance is emphasized.
This specialty has five components:
- Substantive study of theory and research as embodied in lecture and laboratory courses.
- Development of clinical or educational skills in laboratory and fieldwork courses.
- Research training to enable students to read and interpret original research and to carry out educational, clinical, or laboratory research.
- Seminars to discuss theory and research, identification of research problems, and clinical/educational applications.
- Elective courses to meet specific student needs which may be taken throughout the College and University in such areas as Anatomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Health Education, Higher and Adult Education, Neurosciences, Nutrition, Physiology, Psychology, and Science
Masters of Arts (M.A.)
The M.A. emphasizes bridging between the movement sciences and clinical or educational practice.
Masters of Education (Ed.M.)
The Ed.M provides for advanced study in the movement sciences and for individually designed study to meet the student’s professional needs and interests.
Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.)
The Ed.D focuses on the behavioral, biomechanical, and neural bases of development, acquisition, and performance of functional movement skills.
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. in Kinesiology (specialization in Motor learning) prepares students for research-intensive positions in the areas of movement sciences and kinesiology
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