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A Comprehensive Guide For PE Teachers:

To increase female adolescent participation in Physical activity through motivaional tools

 

 

Participation Motivation Questionnaire (PMQ)

The PMQ is a useful psychometric instrument to measure individual’s reasons or motivations for participating in physical activity. As a teacher you can use this questionnaire on your students to identify what motivates them to be physically active. Through identification of these motivations you will be able to adjust your lesson programs and activities to suit the desires of your students. In doing so, you will help to motivate students by giving them activities that they want to partake in and to breakdown the barriers that prevent motivated sports participation.

 

You may hand this questionnaire out to your students to identify their motives for exercise. To complete, please ask them to circle the answer they believe best applies to them. 1- Very Important 2- Somewhat Important and 3- Not at all Important

REASONS

Very Important

Somewhat Important

Not at all Important

I want to improve my skills

1

2

3

I want to be with my friends

1

2

3

I like to win

1

2

3

I want to get rid of energy

1

2

3

I like to travel

1

2

3

I want to stay in shape

1

2

3

I like the excitement

1

2

3

I like the teamwork

1

2

3

My parents or close friends want me to play

1

2

3

I want to learn new skills

1

2

3

I like to meet new friends

1

2

3

I like to do something I'm good at

1

2

3

I want to release tension

1

2

3

I like the rewards

1

2

3

I like to get exercise

1

2

3

I like to have something to do

1

2

3

I like the action

1

2

3

I like the team spirit

1

2

3

I like to get out of the house

1

2

3

I like to compete

1

2

3

I like to feel important

1

2

3

I like being on a team

1

2

3

I want to go on to a higher level

1

2

3

I want to be physically fit

1

2

3

I want to be popular

1

2

3

I like the challenge

1

2

3

I like the coaches or instructors

1

2

3

I want to gain status or recognition

1

2

3

I like to have fun

1

2

3

I like to use the equipment or facilities

1

2

3

(Adapted from Gill, D.L., Gross, J.B., and Huddleston, S. 1983)

 

In addition to this questionnaire you may also ask your students to rank four general objectives from most important to least important, starting from 1 to 4.

The objectives are;

·        Fun

·        Skill development

·        Social development

·        Winning

 

This rank can be used by teachers on their students as a quick and general overview on what their primary motivations are.

 

After completion of these questionnaire’s you will able to identify what motivates your students and observe any similarities or differences between students as well as males and females. For ideas on how to motivate your students in physical education practical classes See Tips for Teachers.

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