Skill instruction in outdoor education: A comparison of a direct instruction model and a discovery-learning model

Thomas, Glyn (2007) Skill instruction in outdoor education: A comparison of a direct instruction model and a discovery-learning model. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 11 2: 10-18.

Author Thomas, Glyn
Title Skill instruction in outdoor education: A comparison of a direct instruction model and a discovery-learning model
Journal name Australian Journal of Outdoor Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1324-1486
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 10
End page 18
Total pages 9
Place of publication Nathan, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Outdoor Education Council
Language eng
Abstract In this paper I discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of two different approaches to teaching motor skills to students in outdoor education and outdoor recreation settings. Using acronyms to describe their stages: DEDICTis a six step, direct instructional model that some outdoor leaders may already be familiar with; and FERAL is my adaptation of a discovery learning approach that can be used to teach students and participants skills. It ismy premise that both models are theoretically sound in terms of motor skill acquisition theory and the physical education literature on skill instruction. I discuss and critique both models with reference to the theories of motor learning, the stages of skill acquisition, the role of feedback, the characteristics of effective practice, the value of demonstrations, the role of verbal instructions, and experiential Ieaming theory. Finally, I offer some recommendations on how to optimise the effectiveness of skill instruction in outdoor leadership using both models.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation Publications
 
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