ERIC Number: ED261986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-15
Comparison of Verbal, Gesture and Skill Data Observed in Complex Motor Skill Acquisition. Study II.
Lindquist, E. Lorraine
This longitudinal field study performed on five female college freshmen attempted to verify a prior pilot study conducted on one subject to compare three verbal, four gesture, and three skill test variables to see which better discriminated between days, thereby providing the researcher a clearer picture of the subjects' changes during learning. Subjects were filmed over four daily one-half hour sessions by a professional team. Sixty tennis serves per subject (15 per day) were randomly selected for the analyses. Direct and RAO's discriminant analyses from SPSS using "day" as the group variable selected three gesture, one verbal, and one skill variable. Using these five variables, 39 percent of the serves were correctly classified. Compared to the pilot study, five instead of seven variables were selected. All the gesture variables were selected both times. One instead of three verbal variables were selected. Form took the place of speed among skill variables. Since gesture data were the most consistently discriminating, motor learning researchers should include gesture along with skill test and verbal data when studying the learner the first days of learning a complex motor skill. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (March 15, 1985).