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Dynamics of Skill Acquisition: A Constraints-led Approach [Hardcover]

Keith Davids , Chris Button , Simon Bennett

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1 Nov 2007 0736036865 978-0736036863 1
This is the first reference book to outline the development of a comprehensive model of motor control that has a multidisciplinary framework to capture the different interlocking scales of analysis involved in producing behaviour. This conceptual model is not just important for designing learning environments, it is also important for ensuring that learners gain positive experiences when acquiring motor skills. This book is divided into two parts. Part I facilitates the understanding of the theoretical and practical concepts and constraints important within a constraints-led approach. Part II provides a number of practical implications of the constraints-led approach that represent realistic issues facing the learner and the movement practitioner. No other book bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary theories and provides application strategies for teachers, coaches and rehabilitation specialists.

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Keith Davids has taught and researched in the areas of motor learning and control for 25 years publishing 3 books and many chapters and journal articles in that time. He has also worked in the field of Higher Education in Europe and New Zealand. Chistopher Button is a research accredited Sports Psychologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and has provided sport science support to elite athletes and coaches in sports such as badminton, golf, swimming and rifle-shooting. Simon Bennett has over 50 published papers in behavioural brain and movement science journals. Bennett is currently a lecturer in motor control at Liverpool John Moores University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm-shift 4 Jun 2009
By Mladen Jovanovic - Published on Amazon.com
Before I praise this book, I must admit that you do need to have basic grasp of traditional (information processing) approaches to skill acquisition and performance, and good sources for that information are "Motor Learning and Performance" by Schmidt and Wrisberg, and "Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches" by Wrisberg.

The book presents the best source on information on constraints-led approach. It is a hard read because it changes your old model/paradigm, and this takes time, energy and good will to change. Although "the map is not the territory", constraints-led approach much better explains skill acquisition and performance than traditional approach.

The book starts by explaining traditional theories, and then goes to explain concepts from complex/dynamic/open systems, like self-organization and skill as emergent behavior under constraints. This is very different than traditional approach and takes time to digest, along with concepts form ecological psychology, which basically states that you cannot research movement without perception and information flow, which basically lead to name the motor skill as perceptual-motor skill, because perception and movement are very interconected.
Further chapters are more practical and deals with guided-discovery, ecological psychology, implicit learning, external attention focus, modeling, modifying constraints, variability etc, etc.

I must say that this book is absolutely a MUST read for every coach, personal trainer, physical therapist or anyone involved into teaching someone something, form army, firefighters, car drivers, pilots, fixing cars....

Really wonderful book that shift paradigm on skill acquisition and basically start a new era on learning. There are lot of more work and research to do to make constraints-led approach more applicable (although there are books that are more practical in nature like "Play Practice", and "Teaching sport concepts and skills" and literature on Teaching games for understanding) although a lot of expert coaches already used this approach without knowing it.

Mladen Jovanovic
Profesor of Sports
Graduated strength and conditioning coach
Belgrade, Serbia
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stages of Skill Acquisition 29 Feb 2012
By Jair Luiz Alves Filho - Published on Amazon.com
Dynamics of Skill Acquisition: A Constraints-Led Approach represents a great contribution to cognitive studies. Practice entails improvement, and humans expect improvement with practice on motor activities done daily in order to tackle skill complexities. The more complex a skill--soccer, touch-typing, handwriting, driving-- the more practice it demands. As the would-be typists, for example, persist on practicing, they will incredibly improve with time.

Consistent with this assumption, skills progress from their difficult beginning to a condition where individuals master such skills without requiring the cognitive involvement. Therefore, skill acquisition has grown to become a very productive approach for those interested in memory and learning.

This book represents a significant contribution to cognition, linguistics (in general), sports, education and neuroscience. The authors carefully crafted this book to provide readers with the exploration of stages of skill acquisition: the cognitive stage, deals with initial instructions learners need to start performing a task.The associate stage, approaches the transition between the cognitive and autonomous stage. For the associative stage, learners tackle conversation of problem solving into retrieval (the process of getting access to memory); and the knowledge-intensive nature of skill. As for the autonomous stage, learners consolidate their skills so they become automatic and unconscious--error free.

Skill acquisition concerns a great deal of data on how individuals acquire motor skills. Skilled performance, broadly speaking, may involve the effects on performance and the observation of the performers after having mastered the skill. Such skill constitute a strategy that can be represented just like any other complex skill and described as a group of productions--arranged and adjusted until they become automatic. The skill application and its set of productions may increase with the individual experience.
5.0 out of 5 stars New Perspective 1 Mar 2013
By S. D. Unruh - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been studying, through empirical research, training methods and styles for various sports and I really enjoyed this book. It gives a new perspective on the ideal of training methodologies. There are some excellent considerations for understanding how once the skill is acquired it may be applied to the environment. For example, a hockey player interacts with the goalie before taking that shot. I will admit that I have only read through this book once, I will suggest that if you are trying to understanding training modalities this book may give you some insight.
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