chapter  10
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Developing pupils’ skills

ByTerry Hudson

The word skill is often used but rarely defined. It is defined in the Concise Oxford Dictionary as ‘expertness, practised ability, dexterity and the facility for doing something’. This definition highlights the dilemmathere are different types of skill: a footballer is described as having skill on the ball, a tightrope walker shows skill and daring, a person is said to be a skilful debater and pouring a liquid is classed as a skill. All of these uses are correct, but the word skill is used differently in each case.