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A Self-Determination Theory Perspective of Student Performance at the End of a Volleyball Unit in Compulsory High School Physical Education
Sport Scientific and Practical Aspects
  • Jody L. Langdon, Georgia Southern University
  • Collin Webster, University of Wollongong
  • Tina Hall, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Eva Monsma, University of South Carolina
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
6-1-2014
Abstract
Physical Education (PE) research has shown that students’ in-class performance on a range of tasks can be explained using self-determination theory (SDT). However, little attention has been given to students’ applied motor skill performance from an SDT perspective. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine relationships between students’ perceived autonomy support, basic need satisfaction, autonomous motivation, applied volleyball skills, volleyball knowledge, and attitude towards a PE course. Participants included students (N = 141; M age = 14.90, age range: 14-18 years) and teachers (N = 4; Mage = 41.25, age range: 29-56 years) from four intact PE classes at one large high school in the Southeastern United States. Students completed questionnaires assessing perceived autonomy support, basic need satisfaction, autonomous motivation, and attitude towards the PE course. Skills and knowledge were assessed using standardized performance-based protocols. Structural equation modeling indicated that perceived autonomy support was positively related to basic need satisfaction and attitude towards PE directly. Perceived autonomy support also appeared to facilitate students’ applied volleyball performance and game-relevant knowledge through the mediation model proposed by SDT. Pedagogical implications reflected in the interrelated psychological constructs are offered.
Citation Information
Jody L. Langdon, Collin Webster, Tina Hall and Eva Monsma. "A Self-Determination Theory Perspective of Student Performance at the End of a Volleyball Unit in Compulsory High School Physical Education" Sport Scientific and Practical Aspects Vol. 11 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 5 - 16
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jody_langdon/64/