The dynamics of expertise acquisition in sport : the role of affective learning design

Headrick, Jonathon, Renshaw, Ian, Davids, Keith, Pinder, Ross A., & Araújo, Duarte (2015) The dynamics of expertise acquisition in sport : the role of affective learning design. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16(1), pp. 83-90.

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The aim of this position paper is to discuss the role of affect in designing learning experiences to enhance expertise acquisition in sport. The design of learning environments and athlete development programmes are predicated on the successful sampling and simulation of competitive performance conditions during practice. This premise is captured by the concept of representative learning design, founded on an ecological dynamics approach to developing skill in sport, and based on the individual-environment relationship. In this paper we discuss how the effective development of expertise in sport could be enhanced by the consideration of affective constraints in the representative design of learning experiences.


Based on previous theoretical modelling and practical examples we delineate two key principles of Affective Learning Design:

(i) the design of emotion-laden learning experiences that effectively simulate the constraints of performance environments in sport;

(ii) recognising individualised emotional and coordination tendencies that are associated with different periods of learning.

Considering the role of affect in learning environments has clear implications for how sport psychologists, athletes and coaches might collaborate to enhance the acquisition of expertise in sport.

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ID Code: 75840
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: representative design, affect, emotion, expertise, learning, ecological dynamics
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.08.006
ISSN: 1469-0292
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified (110699)
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 2015 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, [in press, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.08.006
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2014 22:12
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 19:33

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