Module Code: MiPA 102
Title: The Psychology of Movement
Credits: 5 Hours
Date First Offered: 1st September 2020
This module provides an introduction to the Psychology of Movement. The content is delivered on-line by Dr Peter Lovatt through a series of short, pre-recorded videos and accompanying slides. Pause & Reflect activities and Active Learning exercises are interleaved between the videos. The module includes two suggested readings and the Learning Outcomes are assessed by a Multiple-Choice Quiz (MCQ). Dance Breaks are added at regular intervals to aid learning and to reinforce the Movement in Practice Academy theory that if ‘you move you improve’. Successful completion of the module leads to the award of a Movement in Practice Certificate of Completion.
Who is this course for?
The Psychology of Movement is designed for anyone with an interest in the use of movement to enhance people’s lives.
- To provide a working definition of Psychology
- To provide a basic introduction to four areas of Psychology.
- To describe four areas of research which link Psychology and movement.
- To provide exercises for self-reflection and active learning.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Knowledge & Understanding: On completion of the module, students will be able to:
- demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the relationship between movement and psychology.
- demonstrate knowledge of a working definition of psychology.
- demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of four areas of psychology.
- demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of four areas of research which link psychological and movement.
- think about movement within their own experience or applied to their work.
- practice using active learning and reflection techniques.
Modes of Delivery:
Approximately 70 minutes of on-line video content
Approximately 50 minutes of Pause & Reflect activities
Approximately 90 minutes of Active Learning exercises
Approximately 60 minutes of suggested reading
Approximately 20 minutes of assessment
Approximately 10 minutes of Dance Breaks
Total = 5 hours
The key strategy is to provide the student with an introduction to movement and learning, four areas of psychology and four areas of psychological research that link movement with psychology. The material will be developed through online lectures split into several short videos, suggested reading, Pause & Reflect activities, and Active Learning exercises.
- Module Content: The content is set within the context of the psychology of movement: A basic introduction to the relationship between movement and some psychological processes, a basic introduction to four areas of Psychology, a basic introduction to psychological research that link movement and psychology, a series of Pause & Reflect activities and Active Learning exercises to help people think about the link between psychology and movement. Dance Breaks are at regular intervals. Further details are given below.
Module content details: Students will study the following topics:
A Basic Introduction to the Psychology of Movement – providing key definitions of psychology and placing movement within the concerns of the human experience within education, health and business environments.
The Science of Movement & Psychology – providing an overview of a 4 STEP approach of research which links movement with psychological processes.
Pause & Reflect Activities and Active Learning Exercises – Following the introduction of each topic, students will either be asked to complete a Pause & Reflect Activity or an Active Learning Exercise:
Pause & Reflect Activities requests students to record their own experience in relation to the question asked. Students should spend approximately 10-15 minutes on each Pause & Reflect activity and keep a set of personal notes. Pause & Reflect activities provide the opportunity to think about the link between psychology and movement.
Active Learning Exercises allow students to apply their learning by doing an activity, this may involve using problem solving skills, use of visual and/or sensory skills to encourage learning.
Dance Breaks – A simple 4-part dance routine is taught a regular intervals during the module. Each segment of the dance is learnt with the full dance routine completed at the end of the module. The Dance Break is literally to give the student a quick movement break, time out from studying and to keep the mind and body working together harmoniously.
Knowledge and understanding of the course content will be assessed by use of a Multiple-Choice Quiz (MCQ):
MCQ: Progress at the end of the module will be assessed using a multiple-choice quiz (60% correct to pass).
Pre-Requisites: None. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the psychology of movement and learning.
Dr Peter Lovatt
6th May 2022