College students' goal orientations, situational motivation and effort/persistence in physical activity classes

Zan Gao, Leslie William Podlog, Louis Harrison

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine relationships among college students' 2 × 2 goal orientations (mastery-approach [MAp], mastery-avoidance [MAv], performance-approach [PAp], performance-avoidance [PAv]), situational motivation (intrinsic motivation, identified regulation, external regulation and amotivation) and effort/persistence in physical activity classes. Participants (140 female, 109 male) completed a battery of questionnaires assessing the outcome variables at the last week of instruction. Regression analyses revealed that MAp and PAp emerged as positive predictors for intrinsic motivation whereas MAp was the only positive predictor for identified regulation. MAp was negatively related to amotivation (AM), while PAp and PAv were positively related to AM. In addition, MAp, PAp, intrinsic motivation, and identified regulation were significant positive predictors of effort/persistence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-260
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • And intrinsic motivation
  • Mastery-approach
  • Mastery-avoidance
  • Performance-approach
  • Performance-avoidance

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