A lot of the discussion of learning progressions, most recently the bumps thread, uses the term "ownership" of either key movements or of areas of the ski. I find this interesting because to me trying to "own" a movement implies consciousness of it. Cognitive scientists studying general motor skill acquisition now frequently divide the learning stages into three broad categories: verbal/cognitive, motor/diversification, and autonomous. Basically, you start feeling clumsy and having to think painstakingly about the movement, and end being able to apply it in a broad range of environments without thinking about it. In many respects this is why great athletes can be completely inarticulate about how they do certain aspects of their sport, and NOT make great coaches, not to mention a partial explanation of how some people still ski or ride well after "safety meetings." This is a long-winded way of asking: by "ownership," are people encouraging consciousness of a movement, or aiming for learning that leads ultimately to forgetting once the autonomous stage of learning is reached?
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3/20/06 at 6:53am