Principles of motor learning in ecological dynamics : a comment on functions of learning and the acquisition of motor skills (with reference to sport)

Davids, Keith, Renshaw, Ian, Pinder, Ross A., Araujo, Duarte, & Vilar, Luis (2012) Principles of motor learning in ecological dynamics : a comment on functions of learning and the acquisition of motor skills (with reference to sport). The Open Sports Sciences Journal, 5, pp. 113-117.

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This paper provides a commentary on the contribution by Dr Chow who questioned whether the functions of learning are general across all categories of tasks or whether there are some task-particular aspects to the functions of learning in relation to task type. Specifically, they queried whether principles and practice for the acquisition of sport skills are different than what they are for musical, industrial, military and human factors skills. In this commentary we argue that ecological dynamics contains general principles of motor learning that can be instantiated in specific performance contexts to underpin learning design. In this proposal, we highlight the importance of conducting skill acquisition research in sport, rather than relying on empirical outcomes of research from a variety of different performance contexts. Here we discuss how task constraints of different performance contexts (sport, industry, military, music) provide different specific information sources that individuals use to couple their actions when performing and acquiring skills. We conclude by suggesting that his relationship between performance task constraints and learning processes might help explain the traditional emphasis on performance curves and performance outcomes to infer motor learning.

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ID Code: 58594
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Learning design, functions of learning, ecological dynamics, performance contexts, performance contexts
DOI: 10.2174/1875399X01205010113
ISSN: 1875-399X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sport and Exercise Psychology (170114)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Davids et al.; Licensee Bentham Open.
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2013 23:25
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 01:59

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