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Martin E. Block

Professor
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Department of Kinesiology
Office location and address
Memorial Gym 223C
210 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990
M.A., Ohio State University, 1981
B.A., Guilford College, 1980
Biography

I have been at UVA since 1992, and I teach in the areas of Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities (adapted physical education [APE]) and motor development. Specific coursework that I teach includes Kinesiology for Individuals with Development Disabilities, Physical Education for Children with Severe Disabilities, Sports, Recreation and Camping for Children with Disabilities, Seminar in APE, and Motor Development. I also am the co-director of the Masters Program in APE here at UVA, and I am the primary supervisor for our Masters students during their practicum in the Albemarle County Public Schools. I also have contacts and have created practicum opportunities for our students at the Virginia Institute for Autism, Little Keswick School, Charlottesville Area Special Olympics, and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. My major consulting work has been with Special Olympics, Inc., helping them create and implement the Motor Activities Training Program — a special sports program for children and adults with severe disabilities. As a hobby I enjoy coaching locally in youth basketball, soccer, and volleyball programs.

CU-KINE Inter-institutional agreement 01.06.18-07.31.20 Mobility for Learners and Staff
Source: Lithuanian Sports University
August 01, 2019 – July 31, 2022
00-01 Adapted Physical Education Educators
Source: Albemarle County
June 01, 1996 – June 30, 2022
Doctoral Training Consortia Associated with High-Intensity Needs
Source: East Carolina University
October 01, 2019 – September 30, 2021
CU-KINE Inter-institutional agreement 2017/18-2018/19 Mobility for Learners and Staff
Source: Lithuanian Sports University
June 01, 2017 – July 31, 2019
CU-KINE Inter-institutional agreement 2016/17-2017/18 Mobility for Learners and Staff
Source: Lithuanian Sports University
June 01, 2016 – May 31, 2018
KINE 2200: Motor Development
Credits: 3
Describes and analyzes normal motor development across the lifespan, from pre-natal development through older adulthood. Emphasizes identifying and classifying motor behaviors across the lifespan, as well as understanding the interaction of environmental and biological factors that affect acquisition of these movement behaviors. Laboratory experiences are included.
KINE 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study for undergraduates working in cooperation with a faculty member.
KINE 5220: Prog Plan & Evaluation Kinesiology
Credits: 3
Introduction to Curriculum in Physical Education. Details the following processes related to teaching PE including planning, assessment, prescription, teaching and evaluation.
KINE 5230: Sports, Rec & Camping for Children with Disabilities
Credits: 3
This course provides students with information on sport, recreation, and camping opportunities for children with disabilities. This is an experiential course with field trips to local schools and agencies, observations of local sports programs including Special Olympics, a wheelchair sports workshop, and serving as a camp counselor for 1 week at a camp for children with disabilities.
KINE 5240: Kinesiology Developmental Disabilities
Credits: 3
Studies the physical and motor attributes of children with developmental, learning, and emotional disabilities. Examines abnormal and delayed patterns of motor development through an assessment, diagnosis, and prescriptive format. Emphasizes identifying functional goals for these individuals and programmatic techniques for attaining these goals.
KINE 5250: Kinesiology for Children Severe Disabilities
Credits: 2
Examines issues related to educating children with severe disabilities. Includes review of unique planning and assessment procedures as well as unique programs and sports opportunities for children with severe disabilities.
KINE 5260: Adapted Physical Education: Physically and Sensory Impaired
Credits: 3
Studies the physical and motor attributes of individuals with physical, sensory, and health disabilities. Addresses programming and instructional implications in physical education for these populations in regard to their ecological, psychological, social, and learning characteristics. Emphasizes developing and achieving functional physical education goals through planning, assessing, prescribing, teaching, and evaluating instruction.
KINE 5270: Physical Education for Children with Autism
Credits: 3
This is an introductory course where students will learn about characteristics associated with autism and evidence-based methods to help children with autism develop motor, fitness, and recreation skills. Students should be working with students with autism to complete assignments.
KINE 5280: Seminar in Adapted Physical Education
Credits: 2
Designed for Kinesiology Master's level students in the Adapted Physical Education Program. The purpose of this seminar is to address pertinent issues that are encountered by students during or after their graduate work in adapted physical education. This course should be taken in conjunction with KINE 8980 - Practicum in Adapted Physical Education.
KINE 5980: Practicum
Credits: 1–6
Supervised field experiences for master's degree students under the direction of professional staff. Student should obtain approval from their advisor before registering for this practicum.
KINE 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study for master's level students working in cooperation with a faculty member.
KINE 8980: Practicum
Credits: 1–6
Supervised field experiences under the direction of professional staff. Student should obtain approval from their advisor before registering for this practicum.
KINE 8998: Master's Research Internship
Credits: 1–12
Designed to give masters students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines.
KINE 8999: Master's Thesis
Credits: 1–6
Designed to give masters students who are completing a master's thesis.
KINE 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study for doctoral level students working in cooperation with a faculty member.
KINE 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisite: Advisor permission required.
KINE 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.