Children in Action

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Children in Action

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Allows students, through practical involvement in creative play, games and sports, to investigate a range of physical activities and to critique the contribution researchers, theorists and practitioners have made to the movement culture.

    This paper covers:

    - Creative play including:
    - Informal, formal and cultural games
    - Individual and group
    - Indoor and outdoor activities
    - With and without equipment
    - With and without rules
    - Competition vs co-operation

    - The socio-cultural influences on children's choices and activity patterns
    - Inclusiveness in physical activity
    - Critiquing play activities and games
    - Rules, tactical awareness and decision
    - The coaching process

    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper is taught on the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses.

    Learning Outcomes
    At the conclusion of this paper students will be able to:
    1. Evaluate and consider sustainable physical activity (play and games) for all children
    2. Critique children's play activities and games that are commonly used in early childhood, primary school and community settings
    3. Analyse the ways in which play and games challenge children's physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules, tactics and strategies in organised games and sport
    5. Investigate the different coaching styles and techniques and how they influence the child's physical activity experience

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