ERIC Number: ED235127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Self-Concept and Role Modeling: Their Relationships to Secondary School Physical Education.
Robbins, Stephen B.
Theories of Piaget, Erickson, Freud, and other behavioral psychologists are reviewed in an examination of the development of adolescent self-concept. The implications, for the physical education teacher or athletic coach, of the adolescent's self-consciousness and egocentricity are discussed. It is suggested that the physical education teacher is perceived by the adolescent as a role model and that the teacher must be aware that he or she mirrors, through behavior, the intrinsic worth of sport and competition in society. It is also suggested that the teacher is an important catalyst for providing effective self-discovery for the adolescent through play, games, and movement experiences. In a cautionary statement, it is pointed out that students enter into athletic activities with high intrinsic motivation and that grading and awards systems may decrease the strength of this internal motivation and strengthen the need for external rewards. Suggestions are made for enhancing the adolescent need for self-expression and creativity through the enjoyable activities of play and the socialization potential in team sports. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Minneapolis, MN, April 7-11, 1983).