What exactly is acquired during skill acquisition?

ARAUJO, D and DAVIDS, Keith (2011). What exactly is acquired during skill acquisition? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 18 (3-4), 7-23.

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In this paper we propose that the term skill acquisition, as commonly used in traditional psychology, and the philosophy, education, movement science and performance development literatures, has been biased by an organismic asymmetry. In cognitive and experimental psychology, for example, it refers to the establishment of an internal state or representation of an act which is believed to be acquired as a result of learning and task experience. Here we elucidate an ecological perspective which suggests that the term skill acquisition may not refer to an entity but rather to the emergence of an adaptive, functional relationship between an organism and its environment, thus avoiding an inherent organismic asymmetry in theorizing. In this respect, the terms 'skill adaptation' or 'skill attunement' might be more suitable to describe this process.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 08:39
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 09:39
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7300

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