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Implementing a Teacher-Focused Intervention in Physical Education to Increase Pupils’ Motivation towards Dance at School

Centre for Sport Studies, Physical Education Area, Rey Juan Carlos University, Alcorcón, 28922 Madrid, Spain
Department of Didactic of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression, Faculty of Teacher Training, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4550;
Received: 15 April 2020 / Revised: 18 May 2020 / Accepted: 28 May 2020 / Published: 3 June 2020
A teacher-focused intervention that supports the needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness was designed and implemented, to help experienced teachers develop a motivational style during dance teaching sessions at school. Four schools in Mexico, with 12 physical education teachers and 921 pupils, participated in the research. A program was developed at the beginning with the teachers in the experimental group to support the psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness. Both groups were assessed at the beginning and at the end of the program and the results showed that participants from the experimental group had an increase in their perception of autonomy, relatedness and self-determination levels towards dance teaching sessions at school compared with participants from the control group. In conclusion, teachers’ training is important to increase pupils’ motivation towards dance. Schools should focus on encouraging teachers’ “training in motivational strategies to create pupils’” adaptive behaviors. View Full-Text
Keywords: teacher training; needs support; motivation; dance; school teacher training; needs support; motivation; dance; school
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Amado, D.; Molero, P.; Del Villar, F.; Tapia-Serrano, M.Á.; Sánchez-Miguel, P.A. Implementing a Teacher-Focused Intervention in Physical Education to Increase Pupils’ Motivation towards Dance at School. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4550.

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