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Author

Brett Larson

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

1991

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

First Advisor

James E. Lidstone

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if modeling, perceived competence, and movement confidence are related to intrinsic motivation. More specifically the study compared the intrinsic motivation of subjects who observed a skilled model and subjects who observed an unskilled model. A sub-problem was to determine if perceived competence and movement confidence are related to intrinsic motivation. Eighty male college students, age 18- 26 years, participated in the study. Following an initial briefing the subjects completed the Nelson-Allen Movement Satisfaction Scale. On the day of testing subjects completed the Perceived Competence Scale and performed their trials on the stabilometer. Finally, the subjects completed the Task Reaction Questionnaire which measured their intrinsic motivation for the task. Data were analyzed using 2 X 2 factorial analyses of variance. Subjects possessing high perceived competence had significantly higher intrinsic motivation than subjects possessing low perceived competence. Subjects possessing high movement confidence had significantly higher intrinsic motivation than subjects possessing low movement confidence. No significant difference was found in intrinsic motivation between iv subjects who observed a skilled model versus an unskilled model.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Movement, Psychology of
Intrinsic motivation -- Measurement
Achievement motivation -- Measurement
Sports -- Psychological aspects

Format

application/pdf

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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