and Motor Development in Young Adulthood
Sunday, March 6, 2016 before 11:59 pm in the D2L Dropbox
This assignment has two parts: an activity with a young adult and a
scientific article review and analysis.
There are no formatting requirements for the paper except these:
You should have a cover page with
your name, the name of your specific assignment (see title above), and the date
that you turn in the assignment.
You must use complete sentences and
paragraphs in each part of the assignment.
NO bullet points at all.
You should refer to the research
articles by either the last names of the author and the year the article was
published or by the title of the article.
I will supply one article that you must
include in your review and analysis. You
are responsible for finding two other related articles. You
must turn in a pdf copy of these other two articles with your paper.
It does not matter to me if you complete
the activity first or the review first, but please have the activity
description as the first part of your paper and the review as the second part
of your paper. You may use headings to
differentiate the two parts from one another.
You should select 1 young adult to
help you with the activity. The young
adult should be between 25 and 40 years of age.
You should collect information about the young adult’s exact age and
gender. Additionally, you should find
out how tall the young adult is and how much the young adult weighs. The young adult should be able to give you
good estimates of this information if you cannot collect it on your own. Then you will complete the following
activities with the young adult.
Do some games to compare your motor abilities to the young adult’s. Please report both the young adult’s data and
your own for each activity. If the young
adult cannot complete the activity, I still expect you to complete it and
report your data.
The first thing will be a standing long
jump. With the young adult standing
still, how far can they jump (in inches)?
How far can you jump?
Set a short distance race (you may have
the race inside or outside—whichever is more convenient. Have the young adult run first (and keep time
in seconds—your cell phone probably has a stop watch. Report how long it takes the young adult. Then you run.
How long does it take you to run the same distance?
Then have the young adult do jumping
jacks. How many correct jumping jacks
can they do in 1 minute? How many you
can do in 1 minute?
This will be a comparison of your fine motor skills to their fine motor
skills. Using chopsticks, how many small
objects (such as cheerios) can the young adult and you pick up in 2 minutes and
put into a bowl? Please report how many
items each of you was able to move during the 2 minute time period.
For the second fine motor test, which of
the two of you is better in a game of slaps (hot hands)? It doesn’t matter what scoring method you
use, but report the final score when you decided the game was over.
Interview: Ask the young adult the
1. Are you involved in any sports?
you have a gym membership or a home gym?
If so, how frequently do you use it?
you exercise after work or in your free time?
Why or Why not? If so, what type
of activities do you enjoy?
you think physical activity is important for you? How is it important or Why is it not
important (depending on the answer to the first part of this question)?
has your physical condition changed since high school? Do you consider yourself to be in better or
When you type of your report of the
activity you completed, make sure to include as many details as possible about
how you did the activities and the outcomes of each activity. To conclude your description, discuss your
feelings about the activities and the interview. Did you learn anything that may change how
you view your own physical condition?
Review and Analysis
In this section, you will be
describing 3 scientific research articles and then discussing the strengths and
weaknesses of the articles and how each article has tied in to what we have
discussed in class, what you have learned from the activity, and your overall
understanding of development.
I have given you a pdf copy of the
first article that I wish you to read and summarize. You need to find 2 more articles that discuss
a similar theme. You can find these
articles by looking through the reference section of the first article and then
by using the SFA Library Databases or Google Scholar to locate the pdf or
full-text of 2 articles that you think will be helpful. You are also welcome to search the databases
on your own. The main criterion are that you must find articles that are scientific
(including a method and results section), not written for a general audience
(like Parenting Magazine), and preferably, written in a style that you can
understand most of it. Please ask me
if you are not sure the articles you have found fit the criteria.
Once you have found the articles,
you should write a summary of each article.
Make sure to include the goal of the researchers, the importance of the
research, a basic description of the methods, and some of the main findings
from the article. This summary should be
at least a page long. You will identify
which article you are discussing by referring to either the last names of the
author and the year the article was published or by the title of the article. If you directly quote from the article but do
not cite where the quote came from and the page number for the quote, you will
not receive any credit for that article!!!
If you quote more than 2 sentences in your entire paper, then you will
only be able to earn up to a 50% for the activity portion of this paper! You should make sure to write using your own
words, rather than just quoting from the articles because your own words show
your understanding of the article much more than quotations do.
After completing the summaries, you
should include several paragraphs about the implications of the articles and
how the research ties together with the activity that you completed. In this part of your paper, you can discuss the
research ideas. Are they good ideas? Do
you see any flaws or aspects that they overlooked? You can also connect the principles in the
article to principles from our class/textbook.
How are they related? Do they
conflict or do they reinforce the ideas that you have already learned? Finally, you can discuss your feelings about
the article itself. Did the article
interest you? Is it related to anything
in your life? Does any of the research
change how you view the study of development?
Does the research affect how you view the activity that you completed
earlier? No reference page is needed.