Individual-level change in achievement goals in physical education

2017 IJRSE – Volume 6 Issue 1


Warburton, Victoria E.*
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom (

Spray, Christopher M.
Loughborough University, United Kingdom (


We examined different methods of assessing individual-level stability and change in goal adoption within the context of school physical education (PE) over the transition from primary to secondary school and between school years in Key Stage 3. We assessed whether implicit theories of ability and gender were associated with individual-level change and ipsative continuity. Data from two longitudinal samples in which pupils completed self-reports of achievement goal adoption and implicit theories of ability are presented. Across both samples there was evidence of both goal stability and change across the key transition periods and some evidence for the role of implicit theories of ability in goal stability and change at the individual-level. Pupil gender was not associated with stability and change in goals in a consistent manner. Implications for future research are discussed.

Keywords: individual change; physical education; achievement goals; transitions



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