Perspectives on learning styles in motor and sport skills

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Fuelscher, Ian, Ball, Kevin and MacMahon, Clare (2012) Perspectives on learning styles in motor and sport skills. Frontiers in Psychology, 3. ISSN 1664-1078


We present the perspective that while coaches and instructors commonly adapt learning styles to maximize training outcomes, there has been little to no empirical support for the efficacy of this practice. Learning styles is a learner’s preferred mode (e.g., visual, verbal) of taking in and processing new information. Although it is a relevant topic for the learning of motor and sport skills, few studies have used an appropriate methodology to test the effectiveness of learning style-based instruction. We highlight the need for a learning style assessment tool specific to motor skills and call for a test of the learning style hypothesis, the claim that learners will benefit from instruction that is tailored to their individual learning style. To this end, we suggest methodological guidelines.

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Article 69

Item type Article
DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00069
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords ResPubID25877, learning styles, sports skills, tennis, skill acquisition, instruction, athletes, training, education
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