Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Theories of Skill Acquisition
K690 | 6140 | Staff


CLASS MEETING:
Meets one 2 hour and 30 minute period per week

PREREQUISITES/LIMITATIONS:
Students would have some previous exposure to the role of theory in
understanding behavior (i.e., having read about developmental theories,
motor
behavior theories, etc.)

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:  In this course students will:
1.  learn the basic tenets of several theoretical approaches to
explaining the
process of skill acquisition
2.  identify how their own research questions (or issues in their
subdiscipline)
could be founded in one of more of the theoretical approaches discussed
3.  be able to compare and contrast tenets of varied theoretical
approaches

Emphasis will be on prominent contemporary theoretical approaches to skill
acquisition, with some attention to precursor approaches in order to
facilitate
understanding of the evolution of scientific thinking in this field.  Within
each
theory addressed we will cover theoretical principles, common empirical
paradigms
and tasks, formulation of questions, and treatment of data.

READINGS:  Reading will consist of review chapters and experimental papers

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PERCENT OF GRADE:
1.  Assigned readings
2.  Verbal presentation of one experimental paper  (20%)
3.  Written midterm and final  (25% each)
4.  Term Paper  (30%)