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Title: Changes in children's autonomous motivation toward physical education during transition from elementary to secondary school: A self-determination perspective
Authors: Rutten, Cindy ×
Boen, Filip
Vissers, Nathalie
Seghers, Jan #
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: JTPE
Series Title: Journal of Teaching in Physical Education vol:34 pages:442-460
Abstract: Based on Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000), this study tested whether changes in autonomous motivation towards physical education (AMPE) during the transition from elementary to secondary school can be predicted by changes in perceived need support from the physical education (PE) teacher and perceived physical school environment. Self-reported data were gathered from 472 Flemish (northern part of Belgium) students in 6th grade (2009) and again in 8th grade (2011). Mediation analyses showed that an increase in perceived need support from the PE teacher was related to an increase in AMPE (boys: β = .42; girls: β = .50). In boys, this relation was mediated by changes in perceived competence (β = .08). In girls, this relation was mediated by changes in perceived autonomy (β = .12), perceived competence (β = .14), and perceived relatedness (β = .05). This study shows that PE teachers should be need-supportive to maintain a good quality of motivation in students.
ISSN: 0273-5024
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
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