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A Prospective Study of Participation in Optional School Physical Education Using a Self-Determination Theory Framework

Ntoumanis, Nikos (2005) A Prospective Study of Participation in Optional School Physical Education Using a Self-Determination Theory Framework. Journal of Educational Psychology, 97 (3). pp. 444-453. ISSN 0022-0663

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Identification Number/DOI: 10.1037/0022-0663.97.3.444

This study examined whether contextual and personal motivational variables, taken from self determination
theory, could predict student cognitive and affective experiences in school physical education (PE), as well as participation in optional PE in the following school year. Structural equation modeling analysis with a sample of 302 British adolescents showed that need support provided by the PE teachers was related to student need satisfaction, which in turn predicted self-determined motivation. The latter predicted directly various motivational indices and indirectly future participation in optional PE. Furthermore, multivariate analysis of variance tests showed that those who opted for PE (n 171), compared with those who did not (n 131), reported more positive motivational experiences in the previous school year. The findings call for the promotion of self-determined motivation in PE in order to enhance student positive experiences and participation rates.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2005 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Sport & Exercise Science
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
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Keywords:need satisfaction, need support, motivation, physical activity, adolescents
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:American Psychological Association
ID Code:420
Refereed:YES
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