The Effect of Arousal Seeking Tendency on Physical Education Intrinsic Motivation and Physical Education Attitude of Middle School Students

중학생의 각성추구성향이 체육수업내적동기 및 체육교과태도에 미치는 영향

Nam, In-Soo

  • Received : 2016.01.26
  • Accepted : 2016.03.03
  • Published : 2016.03.31


Subjects consisting of 335 middle school students were analyzed using arousal seeking tendency scales to determine the effect on student's scores on scales for physical education intrinsic motivation and physical education attitude. The data were subjected to frequency analysis, correlation analysis, reliability analysis, exploratory factor analysis, and multiple regression analysis as statistical methods. The results were as follows. In the subscales of arousal seeking tendency, novelty seeking positively influenced interest, efforts, and competence. In the subscales of arousal seeking tendency, novelty seeking positively influenced physical education attitude, but thrill seeking negatively influenced health and fitness only. In the subscales of physical education intrinsic motivation, interest and efforts positively influenced physical education attitude, while both competence and tension partly influenced it. These findings indicate that improving both attitude and intrinsic motivation of middle school students toward physical education would require a method of teaching and learning that encourages students′ novelty seeking in the subscales of arousal seeking tendency.


Arousal seeking tendency;Middle school students;Physical education attitude;Physical education intrinsic motivation


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