Assignment 1: Discussion—Motor-Skill Learning
Motor learning leads to a relatively
permanent change in physical movements and activity of a person. This
type of learning is related to acquiring processes needed for complex
movements like speaking or playing the piano, which often start out as
very difficult but through practice, they become much smoother and
accurate. Additionally, motor-skill learning plays an important role in
interpreting simple movements, such as reflexes, as the body and
environment change. Therefore, though we may not be completely aware of
motor learning as it takes place, it is a vital area of learning that is
related to almost everything we do.
Complete the Motor Training Activity at the following link:
Based on the activity, address the following:
- Discuss your outcome with this activity. What did you learn about motor learning?
- Based on your readings, identify which theory of
motor-skill learning best fits this activity. Why do you consider it to
be the best fit?
- Apply what you have learned during this activity to a
real-life learning experience, either for yourself, or for someone you
Write your initial response in 2–3 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.
By Friday, October 25, 2013, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area.
Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course
will be graded using a rubric. Download the discussion rubric and read
it carefully to understand the expectations.
assignment takes 3 days, so you will need to get started ASAP! It should
be a fun learning experience though. I think many of us forget what
it's like to really learn a motor task, so this activity
helps us experience what it is like for children and others who are
learning those tasks. Enjoy! I look forward to reading through how this
went for everyone. I usually always get some interesting responses about
after-effects, etc. of this process.
I also want to
stress that you will need to read from the book about the theory of
motor-skill learning that is the best fit: Adam's Two-Stage Theory,
Schmidt's Schema Theory and Battig’s Contextual Interference
Theory. The discussion of open and closed loop movements are simply
TYPES of motor skills, not theories. So be careful with that.
Good luck this week and happy tracing!