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Title: Sport ability beliefs, achievement goals, self-determination and beliefs about the purposes of physical education among Singaporean preservice physical education trainees
Authors: Wang, John C. K.
Koh, Michael Teik Hin
Keywords: PE trainees
Sport ability beliefs
Autonomy
Achievement goals
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Wang, J. C. K., & Koh, M. T. H. (2006). Sport ability beliefs, achievement goals, self-determination and beliefs about the purposes of physical education among Singaporean preservice physical education trainees. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 3(1), 25-34.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine preservice PE trainees' beliefs about the nature of sport ability, achievement goals, perceptions of autonomy, and the relationships with their beliefs about the purposes of PE in Singapore. Two hundred and nineteen participants took part in this study. Cluster analysis revealed three distinct clusters differed significantly in their beliefs about the purposes of physical education. The 'High Incremental/High Competent' group had significantly higher scores in their beliefs that the purposes of PE are to teach students knowledge about health and fitness, and more general personal growth, including how to become good citizens. In contrast, the 'High Entity / Low Autonomy' cluster had significantly higher scores in beliefs that the purposes of PE were to enhance social status and competition, compared to the 'Low Entity / High Autonomy' cluster and significantly lower scores in beliefs that the purposes of PE were to teach students to strive for excellence compared to the 'Low Entity/ High Autonomy' cluster. The results in the present study showed that preservice PE teachers' belief about sport ability, achievement goals, and perceived autonomy help build a meaningful framework to understand their beliefs about the purposes of PE.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/13685
ISSN: 2165-4174
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