Changes in physical education teachers’ beliefs regarding motivational strategies: A quasi-experimental study


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Girard, S., de Guise, A.-A., Hogue, A.-M. et Desbiens, J.-F. (2023). Changes in physical education teachers’ beliefs regarding motivational strategies: A quasi-experimental study. The Physical Educator, 80 (6). pp. 607-630. ISSN 0031-8981 2160-1682 DOI 10.18666/TPE-2023-V80-I6-11447

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Physical education teachers use motivational strategies that can (positively or negatively) affect their students’ level of motivation and engagement. Indeed, according to their experiences and beliefs, some teachers may focus on strategies that thwart, rather than support, students’ psychological needs (autonomy, competence, and relatedness). Effective professional development represents an excellent opportunity to help teachers use research-supported motivational strategies. Therefore, this study aimed to discover if attendance at a 2-day training course could positively affect PE teachers’ beliefs regarding empowering motivational strategies. Specifically, 11 PE teachers (experimental group = 6 [attending the training]; control group = 5 [no training]) from primary school (n = 6) and secondary school (n = 5) expressed their beliefs (effectiveness, feasibility, and normality) regarding 31 empowering motivational strategies proposed during training at the beginning (October) and the end (April) of the school year. Results of the Wilcoxon signed-rank test for related samples indicated no significant differences for the belief regarding effectiveness in either group. However, some positive significant changes (p ≤ .05) occurred in the experimental group for two motivational strategies supporting students’ need for autonomy and one supporting their need for competence. Given the small sample, positive trends (p ≤ .10) are also considered results of interest. In conclusion, the training appears likely to impact teachers’ beliefs. However, future professional development should provide additional feedback and follow-up time with teachers during experimentation with students to allow teachers to refine their understanding and use of the motivational strategies proposed.

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