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Motor Learning and Performance: A Problem Based Learning Approach (Second Edition).

Schmidt, R.A., & Wrisberg, C.A. (1999). Motor Learning and Performance: A Problem Based Learning Approach (Second Edition) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics (1607 N. Market St., PO Box 5076; [217] 351-5076, [800] 747-4457, FAX [217] 351-2674; ISBN 0-88011-500-9; hard cover, 340 pgs; $45.50).

Teachers, coaches, trainers, therapists, and students can discover (or rediscover) how humans master movements. Refining the conceptual model of human performance developed in the first edition, the second edition also includes opportunities to learn by doing. Principles of motor learning and performance are applied in a variety of contexts, including teaching, coaching, rehabilitation, and human factors engineering (ergonomics).

Real-life problems are presented throughout the book. Asking the right questions to conceptualize problems in more effective ways, drawing upon relevant principles and research findings, and devising strategies to address problems are emphasized throughout. Strategies often vary depending on such factors as characteristics and goals of the learner, task to be learned, and conditions under which a movement must eventually be performed. Readers are challenged to think critically, assimilate, and apply concepts and principles covered in the book to real-world settings. Emphasized is a process by which individuals learn to identify pertinent factors contributing to a problem, implement viable intervention strategies, apply effective motor learning principles, set up useful practice routines, determine realistic goals, measure progress, and apply critical thinking skills.

Twelve chapters are divided among four parts--I (2 chapters) Introduction to Motor Performance and Learning; II (4 chapters) Principles of Human Skilled Performance; III (4 chapters) Principles of Skill Learning; and IV (2 chapters) Integration and Applications. Each chapter has a consistent format, including chapter outlines, objectives, preview, overview, and summary, and from principles to practice to check understanding through application exercises. Charts, tables, and practical scenarios add to usefulness and values of this comprehensive text. Although no specific treatment is included for individuals with disabilities, both principles and applications are appropriate for individuals with specific motor problems requiring special considerations.

Supplementary materials (provided free with course adoptions) include Study Guide for Motor Learning and Performance and Instructor Guide Software for Motor Learning and Performance (on diskette in either Macintosh or Windows format).
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