Statement of the Problem
The purpose of this lab experiment is to practice using performance indicators to infer an individual’s stage of learning for a motor skill.
Chapter 6; Figure 1
• Athletic tape
• Tape adherent
• Table or 2 chairs
• Taping Rubric and instructions provided in Figure 1
• Video demonstration: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk7xN_cCm88
• Individual Observation Sheet
• Partner Results Sheet
The objective of this task is to learn to tape an arch.
You will take turns in the roles of participant, “patient,” and experimenter. First watch the instructional video for taping an arch. Next, the participant will complete five taping trials. During the trials, the participant may refer to the Taping Rubric and corresponding illustrations provided in Figure 1.
The experimenter will record observations about the quality of the taping job using the performance indicators on the Individual Observation Sheet. For each attempt, the experimenter will also assess the participant’s performance using the Taping Rubric.
Following the completion of the five trials, the experimenter, patient, and participant will switch roles so that everyone takes part in each role.
1. Review the data and observations collected for you and your partners.
2. Using the Partner Results Sheet, list the characteristics of a learner in the cognitive stage of Fitts and Posner’s stages of learning model. Note one characteristic has been provided as a model. Next, for you and your partners, put a check mark by those that you experienced and an X by those that you did not.
a. Repeat the activity in (b) for the associative stage of learning. b. What trends, if any, do you see across the ve trials?
1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Based on your and your partners’ individual data, it appears that everyone experiences learning pretty much the same way.
2. Based on the information in (a) and (b) in the results section, which stage of learning would you suggest that you and your partners are currently in for the task of taping an arch? Explain why you think so.
3. By the end of the experiment, did you learn how to tape an arch? Explain.
4. Describe one method that could be used to test whether or not learning did indeed occur.