method of approximations

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A procedure in operant conditioning, which may be adopted as a coaching strategy, by which an individual learns a certain behaviour in a step-by-step manner, each step involving a response slightly more complex than the one preceding it. The correct behaviour at each step is reinforced until that step is mastered, then the next step, which is still closer to the final criterion, is reinforced, and so on. See learning methods.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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