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ERIC Number: EJ990333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Predictive Role of Physical Education Motivation: The Developmental Trajectories of Physical Activity during Grades 7-9
Yli-Piipari, Sami; Leskinen, Esko; Jaakkola, Timo; Liukkonen, Jarmo
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v83 n4 p560-569 Dec 2012
In this study we examined adolescents' physical activity (PA) stability as well as individual differences in PA across grades 7-9. In addition, we tested the predictive role of adolescents' self-determination and goal orientations in physical education at grade 6 in relation to their PA development. Adolescents' (N = 812) self-reported PA was measured five times and physical education motivation once. Results revealed a decreasing trajectory of PA, with individual differences diminishing over time. Although boys' showed a consistently higher PA level, gender did not moderate the change in PA. Finally, self-determination and task orientation (boys only) predicted PA levels but did not predict change in PA. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A