A pragmatic approach to skill acquisition for physical education: Considering cognitive and ecological dynamics perspectives

Norah Alali*, Howie J Carson, Dave Collins

*Corresponding author for this work

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Learning theories provide philosophically informed, basic principles for understanding the mechanisms through which people learn based on a combination of field or laboratorystudies. Unfortunately, however, there are several clear conflicts between theoreticalapproaches and common methods in teaching. Consequently, key challenges among teachersrelate to knowing which theoretical approach to adopt and, therefore, methods to apply. Thiscontradiction is even more confusing since some arguments from each approach are coherentwith current practice, whilst others are either inconsistent, unclear or even counter toestablished teaching views. In short, the implications for teachers are, at best, suboptimal.Accordingly, this paper aims to explore the differences in theoretical perspectives and thence,to propose that there is a need for multiple approaches, possibly used in combination. Wehope to offer clearer guidance for practitioners and provide some direction to promote betterapplication from researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-246
JournalQuest
Volume76
Issue number2
Early online date26 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Feb 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • motor learning
  • pedagogy
  • predictive processing
  • professional judgement and decision making
  • teaching

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