FORMAT FOR TERM PAPER ON ACQUIRING MOTOR SKILLS
Part I. Research – 40%
1. Use at least 2 sources other than your Kinesiology text. (Text may be used as a third source)
2. All sources must be acknowledged in a correct resource paper style either MLA or APA.
Part II. Summary of Diary – 20%
1. Include pertinent information regarding your feelings, thoughts and success or failure while learning a motor skill (juggling).
2. Diary should not be reproduced in the paper.
Part III. Conclusion – 40%
1. Describe similarity and differences between the research of motor skills and your results of actually learning a difficult skill.
2. Describe how this information reflects in your professional behavior (i.e. teaching, patient reactions, etc.)
3. Part III is a common section of the paper students have difficulty completing. It is weighted heavily (40% of total grade) and requires careful reflection and comment. If you are not sure of content required in this section, please see the instructor for clarification.
Acquiring a Motor skill
You may use the following suggestions to determine if you will meet the criteria in the grading rubric for this paper assignment.
Check off when you have accomplished this section.
Fitts & Posner (1967) Cognitive, Associative, Autonomous
Adams Closed Loop (1971) Motor memory, perceptual trace
Schmidt Schema (1975) Open Loop
m. feedback, mvmnt feedback, environment, knowledge of results
Gentiles two stage theory
Understanding required, refine movement
Systems three stage theory Novice, advanced, expert
Additional Variables to consider:
Practice Part (break down) vs. whole, blocked vs. Random, purposeful, repetition, tired, physical guidance, when?, unpredictability, feedback, massed vs. distributed
Level of difficulty
Specificity of training Skill learned under same or similar circumstances as it will be performed
Motor control vs. motor development vs. motor learning
Discreet, serial, continuous tasks
Used at least 2 sources other than Kinesiology text
All sources acknowledged in a correct resource paper style either MLA or APA.
How did you begin to learn to juggle (ask for help, observe etc)
How did you progress (did you quit, what happened when you began again)
What variables affected your practice (goal, environment etc)
Include pertinent information regarding your feelings, thoughts and success or failure while learning a motor skill (juggling)
Do not reproduce diary in your paper
How did your experience relate to the research you completed?
This section is a common section of the paper students have difficulty completing. It is weighted heavily (40%) and requires careful reflection and comment. If you are not sure of content required in this section, please see the instructor for clarification.
Describe similarity and differences between the research of acquiring a motor skill with your actual experience learning a skill.
Relate each point in research to Diary and then to how you would change your patient interaction/intervention
Grammar, punctuation and citations correct
Handed in on time to drop-box on Angel
Typed double spaced with a minimum of 4 pages
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