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Research Article  |   January 1985
Purposeful Activity in Motor Learning Theory: An Event Approach to Motor Skill Acquisition
Author Affiliations
  • Jeffrey A. Gliner, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   January 1985
Purposeful Activity in Motor Learning Theory: An Event Approach to Motor Skill Acquisition
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1985, Vol. 39, 28-34. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.1.28
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1985, Vol. 39, 28-34. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.1.28
Abstract

This paper presents the event approach to motor skill acquisition as a theoretical treatment of the learning and relearning of motor skills; the emphasis is toward rehabilitation of physical dysfunction. Purposeful activity is viewed as a necessary prerequisite for the formation of coordinative structures, which are the bases for skilled movement. Traditional approaches to motor learning, which focus primarily on the actor, are seen as inadequate to accurately describe motor skill acquisition. The event approach treats the actor and the environment as inseparable in the acquisition of skills. Using this approach, I hope to establish a common ground and collaborative relationships between the disciplines of occupational therapy and motor learning.