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ERIC Number: EJ822531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Applying Self-Determination Theory to Understand the Motivation for Becoming a Physical Education Teacher
Spittle, Michael; Jackson, Kevin; Casey, Meghan
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v25 n1 p190-197 Jan 2009
This study explored the reasons people choose physical education teaching as a profession and investigated the relationship of these choices with motivation. Physical education pre-service teachers (n = 324) completed the Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) and a measure of reasons for choosing physical education teaching. Confident interpersonal service reasons were linked with intrinsic motivation; whereas sport and physical activity reasons were related to extrinsic motivation. Enrolling because teaching seemed easy was linked with a motivation. Motivation was similar for different course entry methods, however, females were more intrinsically motivated than males and third year students were lower in motivation than other year levels. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Academic Motivation Scale