The associations between seventh grade Finnish students’ motivational climate, perceived competence, self-determined motivation, and fundamental movement skills

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Kalaja, Sami, Watt, Anthony P, Liukkonen, Jarmo and Ommundsen, Yngvar (2009) The associations between seventh grade Finnish students’ motivational climate, perceived competence, self-determined motivation, and fundamental movement skills. European Physical Education Review, 15 (3). pp. 315-335. ISSN 1356-336X (print) 1741-2749 (online)

Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate the relationships between motivational climate, perceived competence, self-determined motivation towards physical education (PE) and the fundamental movement skills of Finnish secondary school students. A sample of 370 seventh-grade PE students (girls n = 189; boys n = 181; mean age = 13.08; SD = 0.25) completed measures pertaining to motivational climates, perceived competence, regulation of motivation, and fundamental movement skills. Path analysis revealed results generally consistent with the theoretical tenets of the self-determination and the achievement goal theories by demonstrating that a task-involving motivational climate influenced perceived competence, which in turn affected more self-determined motivation towards PE. Furthermore, results revealed that this motivational sequence was associated with increased balance skill. A sequence consisting of task-involving climate, intrinsically regulated motivation, and balance skills was also observed. Additionally, the results indicated that task-involving motivational climate influenced perceived competence, in turn influencing manipulative and locomotor skills. Finally, an ego-involving climate was found to be a marginally positive predictor of manipulative skills.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7418
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1356336X09364714
Official URL http://epe.sagepub.com/content/15/3/315
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
Keywords ResPubID21501, fundamental movement skills, motivational climate, perceived competence, physical education, self-determined motivation
Citations in Scopus 27 - View on Scopus
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