Operationalizing physical literacy for learners: Embodying the motivation to move

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ang Chen, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Physical literacy is a concept that is expected to encompass the mind and body in an integratedway to explain, promote, and help sustain human beings' fundamental function: movement.According to Whitehead (2010), physical literacy is defined by motivation, especially bycompetence-based and interest-based motivation. This point of view is consistent with vastamount of research evidence on children and adolescents' physical activity behavior. In thearticle I attempt to interpret and operationalize physical literacy from a perspective that children'smotivation in physical education is both an innate mental disposition and an acquired/learnedattribute. Particularly I rely on the conceptual learning theory and motivation regulationmechanisms of the self-determination theory to argue that in physical education, children shouldexperience tasks that inspire them to embody competence and interest along with self-regulationstrategies necessary for developing and sustaining the motivation to move.

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Journal of Sport and Health Science, 4(2), 125-131
Language: English
Date: 2015
Extrinsic motivation, Intrinsic motivation, Motivation embodiment, Physical literacy

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