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Learning Processing Information

The Theory of Information Processing
There is more to imparting knowledge and expertise, then the ability to demonstrate specific academic skills and performance of a sport. The communication/imparting of information is a skill all unto itself. Some individuals may seem to have a natural ability to communicate, while other must work hard at acquiring the presence of a truly great teacher.

       A truly great teacher is described as a "Water Walker" or someone who can walk on water. It is a rare talent. Such an individual can hold the audience's attention and leave them wanting even more information when the presentation ends. They inspire people to push themselves beyond what they believe they can achieve.

       Successful coaches must learn how to teach. Most colleges and universities award physical education and recreation education degrees. Graduates take course on how to properly teach the necessary technical and performance skills for competitive and recreational athletes.

Differences in how individuals learn
       All students learn differently. Training must be customized to their physical, mental, social, and emotional needs.

       Parents, instructors, and coaches must be aware of the how children process information to create an enhanced learning environment.

       Everyone who interacts with children, for the purpose of shaping their future, should be able to communicate using a combination of materials to convey their thoughts through more than just one of the following learning styles:
  • Visual processing
  • Auditory processing
  • Kinesthetically processing
        Understanding how a skater receives and processes information allows a coach to set goals for their skater that will allow them the opportunity to maximize their participation and potential

Recommended Reading:

Understanding how you process information May 14, 2008 ... Identifying how your process information can help you determine which ... these types of information processor are known as learning styles.


Information processing - Emerging Perspectives on Learning June 25, 2012 ... Information processing (IP) is a cognitive processing theory (see, Ashcraft, 1994).

Information Processing Disorders March 6, 2009 ... Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch are all ways the body collects information. It is NOT the result of hearing loss, impaired vision, an attention deficit disorder or any kind of intellectual or cognitive deficit.

Cognitive Information Processing Sensory memory allows the learners to organize groups of information or patterns in their environment; learners recognize and then process these patterns.


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

The System of Learning
Topics of Learning
PDF  Attentional Focus

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