Motivation in Physical Education

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Motivation in Physical Education Problem Statement The health benefits of physical activity are well documented to date. Researchers also are fairly confident as to how often, how much, how long, and what types of activity one must engage in for health enhancing results. Therefore, the reasons to become or to stay physically active are inescapable, and the opportunities to practice health enhancing behaviors are innumerable. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that adolescents do 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. However, recognizing the importance of physical activity, Healthy People 2010 recently reported that only 65% of adolescents in grades 9-12 engage in the recommended…show more content…
To date, much research has been done to address how students are motivated at various academic levels, but no programs or teaching methods have been developed to counter the problem of the discouraged PE student. Future work needs to identify not only the causal predictors of such changes, but also their motivational ramifications for young people in PE (Warburton & Spray, 2008). What one learns in the physical education environment has been identified more now than ever, as one of the most powerful frameworks for developing physical activity habits. Despite holding such promise, interest and participation in PE as well as physical activity levels have declined with age (Biddle, 1995, cited in Koka & Haggar, 2010). The physical education environment is very unique from other academic environments. In addition to a focus on cognitive competence, physical competence is of great concern for the teacher and student. Abilities of each student are obvious, and constantly in full view of peers to be evaluated by ones’ self as well as others, which may lead to an element of stress unmatched anywhere else in the school setting. It is easy for the young child to be overly-concerned with any type of self-referenced failure, which could lead to an attempt by the student to avoid such occurrences by avoiding the activity altogether. Much
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