Deliberate Practice

The development of competence involves more than memory and understanding, but the critical synthesis of related knowledge areas, skill sets and attitudes orientated to a specific performance area. In order to develop competence in a performance area, students need to actually do real world activities or performance-based tasks that facilitate such critical integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes. As Chickering and Gamson (1987) highlight:

Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just by sitting in class listening to teachers, memorizing pre-packaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves. (p.4)

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