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Psychologist Anders Ericsson coined the term deliberate practice while researching how people become experts. Studying experts from several different fields, he dismantled the myth that expert performers have unusual innate talents.
Deliberate practice refers to a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.
The theory of deliberate practice emphasizes, in the pursuit of expertise, quality over quantity of experiences and values the student's holistic ability to process, and integrate improvements in targeted skills (Ericsson et al., 1993).
Anders Ericsson, whose research helped establish the so-called "10,000-hour rule," talks to the EdSurge Podcast from his office. 10,000 hours of practice. It's a common rule of thumb, popularized by Malcom Gladwell in his bestseller Outliers: The Story of Success.