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Implementing Deliberate-Practice Activities

“Implementing Deliberate Practices for Academic Performance”

Through this Teaching Academy experience, you should be able to …

  • Identify a deliberate practice activity aligned to disciplined learning priorities
  • Design outcomes-based instructional activities
  • Select or create pedagogies that facilitate student development of significant concepts and skills
  • Assess student work or experiences to advance their learning
  • Describe how student learning informs teaching

Glossary of theme related terminology:

Adaptive learning

Adaptive motivational beliefs

Best practices

Deliberate practice : A regimen of effortful activities designed to optimize improvement. The most cited condition concerns the subjects' motivation to attend to the task and exert effort to improve their performance. In addition, the design of the task should take into account the preexisting knowledge of the learners so that the task can be correctly understood after a brief period of instruction. The subjects should receive immediate informative feedback and knowledge of results of their performance, The subjects should repeatedly perform the same or similar tasks.

Domains of expertise


Informative feedback/ educative feedback


Motivation (intrinsic and extrinsic)

Observable indicators


Predictors of grades

Self-determination theory

Self-efficacy : Psychologist Albert Bandura defines self-efficacy as "one's belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task." Self-efficacy plays a major role in how one approaches goals, tasks, and challenges, including academic challenges. High self-efficacy individuals are more likely to set loftier goals for themselves, be more committed to their goals, and persevere than low self-efficacy individuals (Redmond, 2010). These behaviors are directly related to the eight qualities On Course identifies with student success; however, many of our students come to college with tattered levels of self-efficacy as learners.

Self-regulated practice/ learning

Skill acquisition

Other terms which you might encounter useful for discussion:


If you would like to do a research search, follow this string/ strategy :

Possible Search:

"deliberate practice" and ("academic performance" or "academic achievement" or "grade point average" or "educational success” or learning)

Suggested Databases

Education Source

Education: A SAGE Full-Text Collections


Web of Science

*This default to a Most Recent sort, so I recommend changing it on the results page to a Relevance sort.