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ERIC Number: EJ811711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1091-367X
The Responsible Use of Youth Fitness Testing to Enhance Student Motivation, Enjoyment, and Performance
Wiersma, Lenny D.; Sherman, Clay P.
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, v12 n3 p167-183 Jul 2008
While physical fitness testing has the potential to invoke embarrassment and anxiety, strategies can be developed that can motivate students to exert maximal effort, provide positive feedback on skill improvement, and encourage students to set fitness goals that can be achieved through developmentally appropriate physical activities. The purpose of this article is to discuss relevant psychological theories that explain factors related to students' performance on fitness testing, as well as to provide instructional strategies that minimize adverse reactions to fitness testing and that maximize effort, enjoyment, and motivation. Throughout the article, we address the relationship of physical fitness testing to several psychological factors such as perceptions of competence, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, enjoyment, goal orientation, and physical activity promotion. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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