n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Patterns of intrinsic motivation as determinant of participation in physical activities among secondary school students in Southwest Nigeria : basis for sustainable development and human capacity building

Volume 5, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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The place of physical education in our school curriculum at secondary school level in Nigeria and indeed the continent of Africa has been relegated to the background. To encourage students to show commitment and interest, intrinsic motivation must be emphasized while teaching the subject at this level. This study investigated the underlying intrinsic factors that motivate secondary school students to participate in Physical Education class and physical activities. Six hundred male and female students (N-600) were randomly and purposively selected from some selected secondary schools in Ajeromi Ifelodun local government area of Lagos State. The descriptive research design was adopted using Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (IMI) by McAulay, Duncan and Tammen (2007) to elicit opinion from respondents. The test-retest reliability value obtained for the instrument, using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Co-efficient was 0.92. Out of the six hundred questionnaire distributed only five hundred and fifty-four (N-554) were correctly filled, coded and analysed while inferential statistics of Chi-Square (X2)was used to test all hypotheses at .05 alpha level. Based on the findings of this study, the result revealed that several factors intrinsically motivates students to participating and involving in Physical Education class and physical activities which includes instructors' personality and perceived competence of the students.

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