Oh my goodness JASP ! Very cool switch in thinking with the term efficacy. It brings in so much more to the picture. In refreshing my understanding & usage I came upon the wiki link for self-efficacy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-efficacy
. I had not heard this term used before - self-efficacy. It so works with understanding the learning in sports, and differences in learners (as well as many other things). Thank you for bringing that into this.
Originally Posted by borntoski683
Focusing too much on efficiency can cause one to lose site of the real goal. The real goal IS efficacy. That most likely does include some amount of efficiency. But the minute the sub-goal of efficiency diminishes the efficacy towards the real overall goal, then it has become a hindrance.
This is what 911 was eluding to about her work situation...sometimes its easy to throw out the baby with the bath water when too much focus is placed on efficiency and people lose site of what the actual goals to efficacy are. Certainly efficiency is also an important component, but its not the only component to overall efficacy. And in some cases, too much emphasis on efficiency can cause a narrow minded approach which misses the goal posts.
I would say in my experience in analyzing design & implementation of processes & systems that serve human activity this occurs far
too often. The time and money businesses & govt's invest in purchasing systems, all the outlay, they very often become focused on the benefits of the new efficiency/ the new system, & turn a blind eye hoping for the best to losses of overall effectiveness towards overall goals. Life changes, goals broaden and max efficiency doesn't take this into account. Most often maximum efficiency wasn't the best choice for effectiveness.
Originally Posted by fatoldman
I could help them accomplish this goal by teaching them to push with their heels to use the ski as a brake.
Whew , glad I've never met an instructor that would choose that tool !
Seems this can be a natural reaction not requiring instruction.
But in all seriousness - I do think it is important to understand what max efficiency would be. It's a framework to work out from, not to stay within. Max efficiency is most often a very set system that does not deal with too many variables. Basically , none. And this is what leads me to feel very constrained when I hear it applied so heavily in human pursuits, sports & skiing. I think CanukInstructors explanation of BioMechanical efficiency
is a good framework to look at as a starting place. In reality I think that's what all coaches look at and work from.