Ongoing Adaptation as a Feature of Complexity : Further Thoughts and Possible Ideas for Pedagogy in Physical Activity

Rossi, Anthony & Carroll, Timothy (2013) Ongoing Adaptation as a Feature of Complexity : Further Thoughts and Possible Ideas for Pedagogy in Physical Activity. In Ovens, Alan, Hopper, Tim, & Butler, Joy (Eds.) Complexity Thinking in Physical Education : Reframing Curriculum, Pedagogy and Research. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London & New York, pp. 79-92.

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This chapter takes as its central premise the human capacity to adapt to changing environments. It is an idea that is central to complexity theory but receives only modest attention in relation to learning. To do this we will draw from a range of fields and then consider some recent research in motor control that may extend the discussion in ways not yet considered, but that will build on advances already made within pedagogy and motor control synergies. Recent work in motor control indicates that humans have far greater capacity to adapt to the ‘product space’ than was previously thought, mainly through fast heuristics and on-line corrections. These are changes that can be made in real (movement) time and are facilitated by what are referred to as ‘feed-forward’ mechanisms that take advantage of ultra-fast ways of recognizing the likely outcomes of our movements and using this as a source of feedback. We conclude by discussing some possible ideas for pedagogy within the sport and physical activity domains, the implications of which would require a rethink on how motor skill learning opportunities might best be facilitated.

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ID Code: 81670
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Adaptation, Bounded rationality, Optimal Feedback Control, Propensities
ISBN: 9780415645171
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy (130210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2015 02:18
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2015 00:54

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