Information processing and constraints-based views of skill acquisition: divergent or complementary?

ANSON, G, ELLIOTT, D and DAVIDS, K (2005). Information processing and constraints-based views of skill acquisition: divergent or complementary? Motor control, 9 (3), 217-241.

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Abstract

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, movement scientists have been challenged to explain processes underlying the control, coordination, and acquisition of skill. Information processing and constraints-based approaches represent two distinct, often perceived as opposing, views of skill acquisition. The purpose of this article is to compare information processing and constraints-based approaches through the lens of Fitts’ three-stage model and Newell’s constraints-based model, respectively. In essence, both models can be identified, at least in spirit, with ideas about skill described by Bernstein (1967, 1996). Given that the product of “skill acquisition” is the same, although the explanation of the processes might differ, it is perhaps not surprising that similarities between the models appear greater than the differences. In continuing to meet the challenge to explain skill acquisition, neural-based models provide a glimpse of the cutting edge where behavior and biological mechanisms underpinning processes of control, coordination, and acquisition of skill might meet.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2011 16:13
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2011 16:13
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3357

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