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Wainwright, Nalda; Goodway, Jackie; Whitehead, Margaret; Williams, Andy; Kirk, David – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Background: The Foundation Phase in Wales is a play-based curriculum for pupils aged 3-7 years old. Children learn through more holistic areas of learning in place of traditional subjects. As such, the subject of physical education in its traditional form no longer exists for pupils under the age of 7 in Wales. In light of the role of physical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Physical Education, Literacy
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Gu, Xiangli; Chen, Yu-Lin; Jackson, Allen W.; Zhang, Tao – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Background: School physical education (PE) programs provide a prime environment for interventions that attempt to develop school-aged children's motor competence and overall physical fitness, while also stimulating competence motivation to engage in physical activity during childhood. It is generally recognized that a pedometer-based intervention…
Descriptors: Intervention, Student Motivation, Goal Orientation, Physical Activities
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Fernandez-Rio, Javier; Sanz, Naira; Fernandez-Cando, Judith; Santos, Luis – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2017
Background: Cooperative Learning has been recently defined as a true pedagogical model. Moreover, in a recent review Casey and Goodyear reported that it can help physical education promote the four basic learning outcomes: physical, cognitive, social and affective. Purpose: The main goal was to investigate the impact of a sustained Cooperative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Intervention, Student Motivation
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Mitchell, Fiona; Gray, Shirley; Inchley, Jo – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2015
Background: There is a significant amount of research which shows a proportion of girls are not engaging with physical education (PE) in school, resulting in a number of relatively inactive girls within the PE class. These girls are often identified in the literature as "low active", "hard to reach" or "disengaged".…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Education, Secondary School Students, Adolescents
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Van den Berghe, Lynn; Vansteenkiste, Maarten; Cardon, Greet; Kirk, David; Haerens, Leen – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2014
Background: During the last 30 years, several theories of motivation have generated insights into the motives underlying learners' behavior in physical education. Self-determination theory (SDT), a general theory on social development and motivation, has enjoyed increasing popularity in physical education research during the past decade. SDT…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Self Determination, Social Development, Student Motivation
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Perlman, Dana – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2012
Background: Teachers commonly adopt instructional styles that thwart student motivation. As such, researchers have examined interventions based within the self-determination theory to identify changes in teaching behaviors. Results of these studies have demonstrated a level of success in teachers adopting a more motivationally supportive teaching…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Physical Education, Teaching Methods, Social Environment
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Michaud, Valerie; Nadeau, Luc; Martel, Denis; Gagnon, Jocelyn; Godbout, Paul – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2012
Background: To promote regular physical activity (PA) among children and adolescents, authors recommend that physical education (PE) teachers offer their students programmes that would allow them to be physically active outside PE classes. However, such programmes are rarely rigorously assessed and it is recommended that further studies be…
Descriptors: Exercise, Physical Education, Intervention, Teaching Methods
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Martin, Ellen H.; Rudisill, Mary E.; Hastie, Peter A. – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2009
Background: The literature on motivation suggests that student learning and performance is influenced by the motivational climate, and that positive benefits can be derived from exposure to a mastery motivational climate. Nonetheless, to date, only a few studies have attempted to investigate a mastery motivational climate in a naturalistic setting…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Physical Education, Intervention, Pretests Posttests
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Spittle, Michael; Byrne, Kate – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2009
Background: Physical educators are faced with trying to provide motivating and enjoyable experiences in physical education. Sport Education is an instructional model that aims to provide positive motivational sport experiences by simulating the features of authentic sport. Research support for Sport Education is positive, however, the effects on…
Descriptors: Group Instruction, Control Groups, Physical Education, Self Concept