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Dynamics of skill acquisition : a constraints-led approach

Davids, Keith W., Button, Chris, & Bennett, Simon J. (2008) Dynamics of skill acquisition : a constraints-led approach. Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.

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Abstract

This is an upper-level undergraduate or graduate textbook for courses in human movement and skill acquisition. A professional reference for movement practitioners and scientists, including teachers, coaches, physical educators, physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists, sport scientists, psychologists, biomechanists, and physiologists. The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the constraints-led perspective, a recognized theory in motor learning and control. It outlines the development of a conceptual model of coordination and control within a multidisciplinary framework, capturing the various interlocking scales of analysis (e.g., neural, behavioral, psychological) and the many subsystems (e.g., perceptual and movement) involved in producing behavior. A conceptual model of coordination and control is important not just for designing learning environments, but it is also important for ensuring that learners gain positive experiences when acquiring motor skills. Practitioners and students will appreciate the applied focus which outlines a model of human movement with specific constraints-led approach strategies that address skill acquisition across a variety of professions, including teaching, coaching, and rehabilitation. By learning both the theoretical origins and applications for implementing a constraints-led approach to movement skill acquisition, readers will gain insight into how the informed organization of learning and rehabilitation environments produces more effective and efficient use of practice and therapy time.

Contents: Traditional theories of skill acquisition -- Physical constraints on coordination : dynamical systems theory -- Informational constraints on coordination : an ecological perspective -- Redefining learning : a constraints-led approach -- Understanding the dynamics of skill acquisition -- Dealing with individual differences : implications for a nonlinear pedagogy -- Organizing practice to optimize learning -- Using verbal guidance as an informational constraint on learners -- Observational learning as directed search -- Implementing the constraints-led approach: case studies.

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Additional Information: grasping tau, nonlinear pedagogy, required velocity model, Dynamics of Skill Acquisition, Traditional Theories of Skill Acquisition, Physical Constraints Dynamics of Skill Acquisition: A Constraints-Led Approach provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the constraints-led perspective, a recognized theory in motor learning and control. It is the first text to outline the development of a conceptual model of coordination and control within a multidisciplinary framework, capturing the various interlocking scales of analysis (e.g., neural, behavioral, psychological) and the many subsystems (e.g., perceptual and movement) involved in producing behavior. A conceptual model of coordination and control is important not just for designing learning environments, but it is also important for ensuring that learners gain positive experiences when acquiring motor skills. Dynamics of Skill Acquisition provides the foundational concepts, methodological tools, and language to design positive learning experiences that facilitate movement coordination and control across various dynamic environments that require a high degree of precision of movements, from playing golf to performing surgery. The text also incorporates several learning features to assist readers: Chapter outlines list major topics and subtopics. Self-test questions at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for class discussion, individual review and reflection, and talking points for independent studies. Spotlight on Research highlight boxes provide more detailed descriptions of important studies to help readers understand how interacting constraints shape movement behavior. Key Concept boxes in each chapter remind students of the chapters’ important concepts. Realistic case studies in the final chapter help both students and practitioners visiualize the contraints-led approach in practice. Each case study expands on the topics addressed in part II and encourages both reflection and application of knowledge to provide a solution. Additional readings at the end of each chapter allow students, movement scientists, and practitioners to expand their learning. Glossary terms are boldfaced in text and defined in a glossary at the end of the book. Chapter summaries offer a compilation of important concepts. Practitioners and students will appreciate the applied focus of Dynamics of Skill Acquisition, which outlines a model of human movement with specific constraints-led approach strategies that address skill acquisition across a variety of professions, including teaching, coaching, and rehabilitation. By learning both the theoretical origins and applications for implementing a constraints-led approach to movement skill acquisition, readers will gain insight into how the informed organization of learning and rehabilitation environments produces more effective and efficient use of practice and therapy time. Dynamics of Skill Acquisition is divided into two parts. Part I provides an overview of the key theoretical contributions to the study of skill acquisition and introduces the constraints-led approach focusing on the implications of Newell’s (1986) model as a template for understanding how motor skills are acquired. Part II discusses the relationship between the theoretical concepts introduced in part I and the practical issues facing learners and movement practitioners. It provides readers with practical implications of the constraints-led approach and includes hypothetical case studies, which contain examples of the constraints-led model in action. In particular, the constraints-led approach shifts practitioners’ perspectives on how to do the following: Deal with individual differences Organize practice to optimize learning Use verbal instructions and feedback Direct learners’ attention during skill observation With the increased interest in the role of constraints to shape motor learning, Dynamics of Skill Acquisition provides a timely analysis of the constraints-led approach, helping readers understand how coordination patterns are assembled, controlled, and acquired. No other book presents the theoretical roots and development to the constraints-led perspective and uses a blend of both dynamical systems and ecological approaches to skill acquisition to provide application strategies for all people with an interest in movement coordination and control. Table of Contents Part I. Introduction to Skill Acquisition Theory and the Constraints-Led Approach Chapter 1. Traditional Theories of Skill Acquisition Skill Acquisition: Definition and Theories Common Features of Traditional Theories Implications for Movement Practitioners Summary Chapter 2. Physical Constraints on Coordination: Dynamical Systems Theory Complex Systems: A Definition Constraints in Complex Systems Emergent Behavior in Human Movement Constraints and Movement Coordination Interacting Constraints Coordination Processes in Human Movement Systems Functional Role of Variability in Movement Systems Summary Chapter 3. Informational Constraints on Coordination: An Ecological Perspective Ecological Psychology and Information Information-Movement Coupling Haptic Information Constraints on Movement Acoustic Information Constraints on Movement Summary Chapter 4. Redefining Learning: A Constraints-Led Approach The Perceptual-Motor Landscape Newell’s Model of Motor Learning Practical Issues for Learning Role of the Movement Practitioner: Nonlinear Pedagogy “Hands-Off” Practitioner Summary Part II. Applying the Constraints-Led Approach Chapter 5. Understanding the Dynamics of Skill Acquisition Constructing the Perceptual-Motor Landscape The Practitioner’s Perspective Summary Chapter 6. Dealing with Individual Differences: Implications for a Nonlinear Pedagogy Intrinsic Dynamics of the Movement System Variation in Athletic Performance Individual Differences in Practical Settings Developing Decision-Making Skills Summary Chapter 7. Organizing Practice to Optimize Learning The Constraint of Time in Practice Manipulating Task Constraints in Practice Strategies for Structuring Practice Summary Chapter 8. Using Verbal Guidance Effectiveness of Verbal Communication Strategies Verbal Communication As a Temporary Informational Constraint Attentional Focus and Verbal Communication Interaction of Verbal Instructions and Feedback Verbal Communication and Movement Disorders Summary Chapter 9. Observational Learning as Directed Search Directed Search and Observational Learning Observational Learning in Social Contexts Visual Perception Perspective on Observational Learning Learner-Regulated Video Feedback Summary Chapter 10. Implementing the Constraints-Led Approach: Case Studies Practice and an External Focus of Attention The Dynamics of Learning the Soccer Chip Individual Differences in Amputee Gait Practice Organization for Soldiers Instructions for Student Drivers Modeling to Direct Student Learning Summary Glossary References Index About the Authors Audiences An upper-level undergraduate or graduate textbook for courses in human movement and skill acquisition. A professional reference for movement practitioners and scientists, including teachers, coaches, physical educators, physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists, sport scientists, psychologists, biomechanists, and physiologists.
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Keywords: Physical education and training, Physical education and training - psychological aspects, Movement - psychology of, Human mechanics, Physical fitness
ISBN: 9780736036863
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Motor Control (110603)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
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Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:43

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