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ERIC Number: EJ776157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0273-5024
Chapter 5: Influences of Perceived Motor Competence and Motives on Children's Physical Activity
Woods, Amelia Mays; Bolton, Kristin N.; Graber, Kim C.; Crull, Gary S.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v26 n4 p390-403 Oct 2007
Biddle (1997) claims that examining the reasons that children give for being physically active, or their participation motives, is a useful foundation for understanding the decisions that children make about engaging in activities. Unfortunately, little has been heard about children's motivation to be physically active from their own voices. The purpose of this investigation, then, is to describe the influence of (1) perceived motor competence; and (2) motives for engagement in physical activity among children. Participants were 49 children (35 males, 14 females) aged 7 to 12 years old, representing 16 school districts located in the Midwest. A mixed methodology approach (involving formal interviews, inventories, and follow-up interviews) was utilized because it allows for the most thorough and appropriate means of examining the influences of perceived motor competence and motives on children's physical activity. The findings from the quantitative instruments and the qualitative interviews clearly indicate that the children in this study pursue their favorite activities because of the enjoyment that participation brings and, likewise, pursue activities for which they perceive they have competence, leading to the conception that they intend to be active as adults by pursuing their favorite activity. (Contains 1 table.)
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Language: English
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