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Developing your skill with mindfulness and flow

Learning new skills is one of life’s greatest joys. This blog post presents a new integrated model of skill acquisition that draws upon the work of Ellen Langer (1998, 2000) and her approach to mindfulness and mindful learning and also the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1975, 1990, 1997) and his construct of flow or optimal experience.

These ideas are combined with Fitts and Posner’s (1967) original stages of skill acquisition to provide an innovative approach to acquiring skill that will lead to enhanced learning and enjoyment. The Diamond Model of Skill Acquisition (DMSA; see Figure 1 below) is noteworthy because it places importance on fostering the student’s well-being alongside the acquisition of skill.


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