© 1983

Social Skills

  • W. T. Singleton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. W. T. Singleton
    Pages 1-9
  3. W. T. Singleton
    Pages 11-26
  4. M. M. Goodfellow
    Pages 27-37
  5. W. T. Singleton
    Pages 39-52
  6. K. M. Hay
    Pages 53-66
  7. S. J. Singleton
    Pages 67-86
  8. D. Slattery
    Pages 87-99
  9. D. Caney
    Pages 101-117
  10. C. Barker
    Pages 119-139
  11. W. G. Cumberbatch, J. B. Morgan
    Pages 141-155
  12. W. A. N. Wells
    Pages 157-172
  13. J. J. Thornhill
    Pages 173-189
  14. R. M. C. Potter
    Pages 215-227
  15. P. Moorhouse
    Pages 229-247
  16. D. E. Ager
    Pages 249-266
  17. W. T. Singleton
    Pages 283-295
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 297-307

About this book


w. T. SINGLETON THE CONCEPT This is the fourth in a series of books devoted to the study of real skills. A skilled person is one who achieves his objectives effectively, that is by an optimal expenditure of effort, attention and other resources working within his native capacities of strength, vision, intelligence, sensitivity and so forth. It is difficult if not impossible to measure in a quantitative sense. There is, however, no question about its presence or absence. The differences between a highly skilled performer and a mediocre one are so readily manifest that there is no ambiguity. The student of skill is a person interested in what these differences are and how they originate. The importance and the difficulty of skill study is that the concept is a universal one for human activity. The movement of one limb can be skilled or unskilled within the context of a task, so also can the way a leader addresses a large meeting of his followers. For these and other equally disparate activities there are certain descriptive terms which always seem to be applicable: continuity, sequencing, timing, together with a subtle combination of sensi­ tivity, adaptability and imperturbability. What happens at any instant is set precisely with the flow from what has already happened to what is going to happen. The order of events has a determinate logic which may not be obvious to the observer except with the benefit of hindsight.


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Editors and affiliations

  • W. T. Singleton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AstonBirminghamUSA

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