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Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition Paperback – 19 Jul 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1420256758 ISBN-10: 1420256750 Edition: 2013 ed.

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Motor learning is the study of how we learn (or acquire) motor skills. Understanding motor learning is important for individuals involved in instructing or teaching movement skills, such as physical education teachers, primary education teachers, coaches and exercise scientists. Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition is organised to initially provide a general understanding of what motor learning is and some important variables related to understanding learning in sport and physical education. Once the reader understands what learning is and some factors that can influence learning, the topic of motor control in introduced. Understanding how we control movement is important as a basis for understanding how to develop approaches for teaching and coaching. If an instructor understands how someone produces a movement, they will be much better equipped to be able to help a learner to actually do it. The book then goes further and explores how to create an effective learning environment to assist in learning and performing movement skills in physical education, exercise and sport science. Being an instructor in physical education, exercise and sport science is an art, and the topics covered in the textbook will provide students with a research and theoretical basis on which to make decisions about how to set up learning environments to help learners achieve their best. Key Features - Provides a structured and sequential approach to introducing material through four key topic areas: Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition in Sport and Physical Education; Motor Control in Sport and Physical Education; Preparing to Apply Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition in Physical Education and Sport; Applying Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition in Physical Education and Sport - Strong emphasis on integrating theory and practice within an Australian context allows students to apply theory to a real world context that they can easily relate to - Integrated laboratory activities are included at the end of selected chapters and clearly demonstrate application and assessment models which link back to key areas of discussion

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Michael Spittle is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University.

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