Dr. Crowe's research focuses on issues associated with the promotion of physical education and motor skill development in children. She is especially concerned with individuals who are under-served by current school programs. The theoretical framework she draws upon is the dynamical system theory. This theory examines the inter-connected and dynamic nature of motor skill acquisition, suggesting that the interaction of multiple subsystems from the task, environment, and child work together in order to facilitate or constrain motor development. The intent of this line of work is to develop and implement motor skill and physical education programs in schools and communities in order to facilitate optimal development of under-served populations of children. Using the dynamical systems theory to guide methodological decisions, a “goodness of fit” is developed between the child’s characteristics, the community context, and the proposed intervention in order to promote positive developmental, life-long change.
This line of work has shown that young children who come from environments that have few opportunities for physical activity demonstrate substantial delays in fundamental motor skill development. Individuals, and especially females, who are under-served often grow up in communities where there are significant barriers physical activity. Since physical activity levels tend to track into adulthood, early multicomponent motor skill intervention is essential.
|currently teaching - fall 2015|
|KNES 239||Physical Fitness Activities|
|KNES 423||Adaptive PE|
|KNES 480||Seminar in Teaching PE|