Maturation of Optimization Of Skills

Jaswant Sandhu


The development of skills is reinforced by the efforts of the adult socialisers of the young, and, as the individual grows, by the environment1.  Enhancement of such skills, however, rests on two foundational bases: the maturational base and will or the motivation to attain such skills, dependent upon the innate potentials. Maturation also forms the foundation of the ability to learn and coupled with the will or the motivation to want to learn, development of these skills continues through the lifespan. The process of learning takes place throughout the lifespan, initiated in infancy and attritioning in old age. They are encultured, and the group for whom they are reinforced derives such reinforcement through the environment which is conducive to such development2.

 They can be reinforced or otherwise by the conscious effort at a stimulating environment; human or ecological, to attain such skills along certain socially approved channels. It may be admittedly argued that there are a myriad of such skills, this paper will limit itself to major skills which are essential for the individual to develop towards selected goals in the individual’s life and to develop coping mechanisms to attain them.

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