The Relationship Between a Coach's Goal Orientation and Perceived Motivational Climate

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Russell Rodenbeck (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between a coach's goal orientation and the motivational climate perceived by the players. The relationship between players' perceptions of the motivational climate and players' intrinsic motivation was also examined. This study was intended to provide evidence of how the coach's goal orientation affects the motivational climate perceived by players, and how perceived motivational climate influences intrinsic motivation. High school coaches and their players were contacted and participated in this study. Coaches (n = 18) and players (n = 187) filled out the Task and Ego in Sport Questionnaire and the Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire-2. In addition, players filled out the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory. It was hypothesized that coach goal orientation and perceived motivational climate would be related, but the correlations between coach task goal orientation and player mastery climate (r = .283, p > .05), and between coach ego goal orientation and player performance motivational climate (r = -.265, p > .05) were not significant. Player mastery motivational climate was correlated with interest (r = .419, p < .01), competence, (r = .165, p < .05), and effort (r = .439, p < .01) as hypothesized. Player performance motivational climate was correlated with interest (r = -.297, p < .01), effort (r = .167, p < .05), and pressure (r = .187, p < .05) as hypothesized. The results demonstrated that the goal orientation of the coach does not have as strong an effect on the player's perceptions of the motivational climate as was previously thought. However, perceptions of the motivational climate do have an influence on intrinsic motivation.

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Language: English
Date: 2008
Coach, Coach/player relationship, Goal orientation, Intrinsic motivation, Motivational climate, Perceptions
Coach-athlete relationships.
School sports $x Coaching $x Psychological aspects.
Goal (Psychology).
Motivation (Psychology).
High school athletes $x Psychology.

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