Cross-domain generality of achievement motivation across sport and the classroom: the case of Spanish adolescents

Isabel Castillo, Joan Duda, Isabel Balaguer, I y Tomas

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Abstract

Drawing from contemporary social cognitive theories of achievement motivation, the relationship of personal theories of achievement (ego and task theory) with perceived ability and reported satisfaction with school and sport was examined. The cross-domain generality of these relationships in these contexts, in the case of a representative sample of adolescents between 11 and 15 years of age (N = 967, M age = 13.5, SD = 1.80; 492 girls and 475 boys) from the Valencian Community (Spain) also was examined. According to previous research in the United States (Duda & Nicholls, 1992), the findings of this study indicate a cross-domain consistency with regard to how adolescents tend to define success and their views of how achievement activities operate across sport and the classroom. However, little cross-domain generality was found for perceptions of ability and reported satisfaction. In the sport and classroom domains, a task theory was related to greater satisfaction, while an ego theory was related to greater reported boredom and low interest in the activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-580
Number of pages12
JournalAdolescence
Volume44
Issue number175
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • success
  • goals
  • beliefs
  • perspectives
  • education
  • validity
  • context
  • tests

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