concentrated direction of the mind. 'It refers to engagement
in the perceptual, cognitive and motor activities associated
with performing skills.' (Magill, 1998: 102)
occurs when a skill is performed in a stable or predictable
is an example of a continuous motor skill as it requires the
individual to repeatedly use the same movements.
refers to a persons organization of the muscles of the body
so that the goal of the skill being performed can be
accomplished. The more coordination a person has, the more
likely they are able to achieve a complex action. (Magill,
Motor Skills these
skills have a definite beginning and end. Discrete skills
include turning on the kettle, threading a needle
skills are the binary opposite of gross motor skills; they
require greater control of the small muscles and greater
precision. Handwriting, typing, drawing etc.
involve the use of large and numerous muscles and do not
require as much movement precision as fine motor skills do.
Included in this category are actions such as walking,
jumping and throwing.
movement of the hands
this area of study is directed towards the principles of
human skilled movement generated at a behavioral level of
analyses. (Schmidt et al, 1999:416)
the study of the neurophysiological factors that affect
this field, researchers deal with the changes in motor
behavior occurring as a result of growth, maturation and
concerned with the continual process of extending chalderns
initial concepts of movement.
is the opposite to a closed motor skill; it occurs when a
skill is performed in a non-stable environment, where the
object or context changes during the performance of the
skill. An example is driving a car.
this occurs after the learner translation and involves
carrying out the specific skill.
Rule the development of movement
ability from the points close to the center of the body to
the extreme points.
Motor skills When
a few discrete motor skills are put together in a series or
sequence a serial motor skill occurs. For instance, playing
the piano uses serial motor skills as the pianist needs to
strike specific keys for a certain period of time in a