University of Jyväskylä

Prof. Keith Davids: Non-linear pedagogy in physical education and sport

Start date: Jan 19, 2015 09:00 AM

End date: Jan 19, 2015 10:00 AM

Location: Mattilanniemi, Agora, Gamma

Professor Keith Davids gives a lecture on the central principles of learning and teaching motor skills in the light of latest research data.

A constraints-led approach has been promoted as a framework for understanding how children and adults acquire movement skills for sport and exercise. The aim of a constraints-led approach is to identify the nature of interacting constraints that influence skill acquisition in learners. In this lecture the main theoretical ideas behind a constraints-led approach are outlined to assist practical applications by sports practitioners and physical educators in a non-linear pedagogy. To achieve this goal, this lecture examines implications for some of the typical challenges facing physical educators and coaches in the design of learning programs.

Keith Davids is a FiDiPro professor of the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences. FiDiPro (Finland Distinguished Professor Programme) is a common funding programme of the Academy of Finland and Tekes. It enables distinguished researchers, both international and expatriates to work and team up with the 'best of the best' in Finnish academic research.

Professor Davids has a FiDiPro professorship in the four-year project funded by Tekes (2012–2015): Designing textured materials and environments for motor learning in physical activity and sports. The project is led by Professor Jarmo Liukkonen.

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