• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe 'Fitts and Posner's' phases of learning and explain how you would structure practices to enhance a performance.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Skill Acquisition 3. Describe 'Fitts and Posner's' phases of learning and explain how you would structure practices to enhance a performance. In 1967 Fitts and Posner introduced the idea that a skill is learnt through a series of phases, this is because they recognized that an individual trying to learn a skill, can not move "directly from can't to can". (Edexcel). This supports an earlier statement made by Knapp in 1973, who said "Learning is a permanent change in performance brought about by experience" This experience is obtained from these phases of learning. To successfully learn a skill a series of Phases must be completed, and its essential that each stage is passed through if the next stage is to be obtained. The three phases are: Cognitive -This is the initial phase of learning a skill. -This requires a basic mental image of the skill, which is to be learnt. The most effective ways to build up this image is by a physical demonstration, however other methods are also effective such as different types of guidance: -verbal, visual and mechanical. Associative phase -The main objective within this phase is for the learner to practice the desired skill in relation to the information gained through the cognitive stage. ...read more.

Middle

Lots of trial and error attempts should be carried out. The skill is discrete so it could be broken down into a series of steps, and so a pure part method would be best to use. This would allow the performer to practice each stage and then put the whole skill together. Also within the practice there should be much extrinsic feedback so the performer knows if they are heading in the right direction. Also using visual stimuli such as a target to try and hit acts as a guide. To enhance the performance more, the skill could be passed through the autonomous stage. Here the performer could learn to make decisions about his next move. This is only achievable however once the skill can be executed every time. The serve is made of 4 routines. A-toss B-racket back C-strike D-follow-through. Cricket Bowl In the cognitive phase it will generally consist of performer seeing what the action looks like. This mostly involves visual guidance, such as photographs, videos, and specific coaching instructions. The associative phase of the practice phase will involve repeating the action many times until the skill is to be done with little or no conscious thought. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, the technique is important it does require certain amounts of explosive power. Weight training can be used to improve this component. E.g. Heavy weights few repetitions. The concept of the learning phases, is a valuable source for establishing the ability of a performer to do certain skills. If a weakness is found a coach could extract this skill from the game/event and can put the player through a series of phases such as these above.This will give the coach an idea which phase of the skill is giving the performer trouble. The coach can then give feedback about the performance. Mostly negative if they are struggling with the skill because then the phases can be restarted from the beginning. However only a certain amount of negative feedback should be used as it can de-motivate the performer. This should then help to improve the players overall performance, and the teams, if applicable. I have outlined practices and methods of improving skills with reference to these phases, Designed by Fitts and Posner, to help improve a team, Individual and racket sport. The phases of learning can go in both directions, which benefits designing practices around them, as you can either progress through them, or if a certain phase is poor you can go back to the phase and relearn that area, before progressing. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill essays

  1. Personal Exercise Programme (PEP).

    This means that I have improved the power of my triceps so the speed at which I move the paddle through the air in the recovery phase will be quicker and I will pull the paddle down into the water with more speed for the catch phase.

  2. Self analysis of weaknesses in table tennis - Comparison to elite model 2

    This comes from looking at the bat direction in which the bat of the opponent goes to when the balls played, such as if the bat goes upwards then it means there will be topspin applied to the ball, or if the bat when downwards then there would be backspin applied to the ball.

  1. Critically analyse your own performance in your chosen sport using suitable notational methods. Include ...

    I will be given at least one chance in the league side. * Get in the match report. This something that is going to be a real challenge, this requires me to have a good performance in the league side, as only the league matches get reported.

  2. coaching points and progressive practices

    The ball should be caught with a good firm grip by the other player, being alert on there toes on ready to reach the pass. In a game situation you should be running into open space or dodging the opposite player.

  1. Purpose And Aim Of Training Programme.

    F - Is for frequency, this means the number of times you train (for example three times a week). I - Is for intensity, which is how hard you work. T - Is for time, which is how long you train for, increasing the duration of exercise increases the overload on your body.

  2. I have chosen badminton for my personal exercise programme. I will enhance my performance ...

    Blood viscosity slightly reduced at higher temperature, so that the blood flow and its ability to pass through the capillary system are improved. Light muscle stretching prepares the musculature for operation over its full range. It is also to reduce the risk of injury with effective warm-up.

  1. fitts and posner

    Gross errors are gradually eliminated. It is essential that the performer gains feedback about their performance at this stage, in order to understand what they are doing correctly and what they need to improve on. Feedback can be more specific targeting weaker areas of the performance.

  2. Sports Psychology Reseach Project - using dissociative and associative strategies for helping concentration.

    Team 1 Water Polo Mental Self Evaluation Beginning Middle End Toby 3 3 4 Jack 2 2 2.24 Tom 3.4 4 4.8 Glen 3 3 4 Gus 2 3.8 4.2 Sarah 2.4 2.8 3.6 Tavis 2.5 3 3 Chelsea 3.2 3.8 3.2 Nick 4 4.8 4.8 Cameron 4.5 3.5 4.5

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work