Characteristics of the Learner
- Prior experience
- Disposition and behavior of an individual developed through life experiences and interactions.
- Athletes with positive attributes (determination, motivation, enthusiasm) are often quick learners and more receptive towards new ideas, approaches and feedback.
- Athletes with positive personality traits tend to be more cooperative in creating a productive learning environment.
- Genetic characteristics inherited by an individual biologically.
- Sometimes puts limits to the span an individual can reach in terms of acquiring a skill and often influence the potential for being successful in a sport or acquiring a skill.
- Some factors include:
- Ratio of fast/slow twitch muscle.
- Somatotype (body type/shape)
- Conceptual ability
- A sense of belief in oneself on their ability and potential to perform a task.
- Influenced by personality traits and surroundings.
- Both lack and over confidence affects performance.
- Coaches should encourage training in gradual steps to build up confidence starting from the basics. A sudden rush of complex information out of the range of a learner might make them feel overwhelmed.
- Not whole but some level of knowledge about a particular strategy common across skills.
- Major aspects involved in prior experience are: motor skills, strategies and techniques, fitness routines.
- Helps in speeding up the learning process as acquaintances with some aspect of the skill in the past can be helpful in reproducing common actions (for example, hand-eye coordination is common in both cricket and baseball).
- Way of learning, processing and implementing a new skill.
- The degree varies from person to person.
- Ability incorporates the following factors: