ERIC Number: ED245757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
How to Teach Yourself Physical Skills: An Audio Tape for College Students with Some Introductory Comments and a Detailed Outline.
Hodges, Daniel L.
This guide provides a detailed summary of the information, techniques, and examples offered in an audiotape developed to help students teach themselves physical skills. After section I introduces the topic and the objectives of the tape, section II provides concrete examples of adults learning motor skills. Section III presents and discusses nine general principles for learning physical skills which relate to: (1) correctly doing a sequence of actions, recognizing cues for beginning and stopping an action, recognizing the results of actions, knowing the standard for good results, comparing the results to the standard, and changing the actions if they do not conform to the standard; (2) observing a model perform a motor skill and imitating the behavior; (3) beginning to learn a physical task with the actions that are simple and slow, and with sensory cues and large areas or targets; (4) shaping behavior as a new skill is learned; (5) using prompts to begin learning a new skill; (6) getting high quality feedback on performance; (7) allowing oneself a short delay after getting feedback; (8) distributing practice time over shorter sessions; and (9) practicing under varied conditions. In section IV, advice is given on special topics including building up speed; correcting habitual mistakes and breaking bad habits; understanding what one can expect of oneself when learning physical skills; and using techniques involving games, competition, audiences, and striving. (HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Learning Strategies, Psychomotor Objectives, Psychomotor Skills, Self Help Programs, Skill Development, Two Year Colleges
Daniel Hodges, Testing Office, Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97405 (Audiotape only).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Lane Community Coll., Eugene, OR.
Note: This document may be used in place of the audiotape.