Ecological Task Analysis and Movement
AUTHOR: Broadhead, Geoffrey D. and Davis, Walter E.
PUBLISHER: Human Kinetics Publishers
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Researchers, coaches, teachers, and rehabilitation specialists will welcome a new paradigm for incorporating more empowerment and decision-making responsibilities into learning motor skills with Ecological Task Analysis and Movement. This book presents the Ecological Task Analysis (ETA) model, which offers strategies for replacing authoritarian practices by promoting student choice and an empowerment approach to learning. The text not only helps researchers design methodologically sound studies to test ETA principles, but it also shows practitioners how to apply these principles in coaching, teaching, or therapy.
This ground-breaking book honors and advances an approach to understanding human movement developed in the 1990s by Allen Burton and Walter Davis, and this book is dedicated to Burton's memory. The ETA model is believed to be more efficacious than the categorical approach in special education and adapted physical activity, the teacher-directed approach in physical education, and the prescriptive approach in the therapies—all of which dominate today. Unlike the others, the ETA model provides insight into the dynamics of movement behavior by examining the interacting constraints of performer, environment, and task. It encourages empowerment, which increases students' intrinsic motivation and self-confidence and improves their performance while decreasing problem behaviors.
In keeping with the ETA belief, there is no one best way to execute a particular motor skill; rather, movement form and outcomes are determined by goals, context, and individual constraints that continually change. To help readers use this knowledge, chapters in the book illustrate how these principles can guide and be tested through research and how practitioners can apply them in physical education and therapy settings. The authors provide real-life examples and scenarios so that practitioners will discover how to implement the ETA model more effectively within various settings. Key points or instructional strategies are also highlighted in a bulleted list at the end of each chapter to help teachers, coaches, and therapists more effectively apply the model to their work.
The theories on which ETA is based have had a revolutionizing impact in biology, psychology, evolution, and human movement science. Ecological Task Analysis and Movementdescribes that impact and encourages its growth in research, teaching, coaching, rehabilitation, and other settings. This book
- illustrates the strategies for conducting empirical work within the ETA framework;
- provides examples of how researchers and instructors have applied procedures outlined in the ETA applied model to assessment, instruction, and research;
- offers strategies for practitioners to replace authoritarian practices with those that give students and patients decision-making responsibilities; and
- inspires and challenges readers to apply the practice of empowerment to teaching, coaching, and treatment.
Ecological Task Analysis and Movementconnects philosophy, theory, research, and practice. It challenges those in the field to understand and apply ETA principles to create more inclusive settings and greater cooperation between groups and individuals within groups. This book encourages readers to understand, discuss and debate, borrow from and fully use, and critique and further develop the ETA model.
PUBLICATION DATE: 3/21/2007
CATEGORY: Medical, Science