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Skill Presentation

ByCheryl A. Coker

This chapter designs an evaluation checklist for determining skill presentation effectiveness. Understanding the learner enables people to make more effective decisions regarding instructional design. The superiority of adopting an external attentional focus has also been found using highly skilled athletes. The chapter describes that learners must direct their attention to the relevant features of the movement, or instructions are likely to be worthless. The dynamic interpretation of modelling presents an alternative perspective on how observational learning facilitates skill acquisition. When determining which instructional strategy to employ, practitioners have two main approaches from which to choose: hands-on and hands-off. The hands-on approach is characterized by the use of verbal instructions and demonstrations to convey information to the learner as well as the provision of feedback to guide skill development. Magill provided additional support for the notion that conscious awareness might not be necessary for acquiring knowledge about the environmental regulatory features of a motor skill.