Toward a Developmental Theory of Children's Motivation in Sport

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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The purpose of this paper is to review Nicholls' developmentally based theory of achievement motivation and apply this perspective to children's sport. Five areas of research are reviewed that support the relevance of Nicholls' theory to the sport domain. Based on Nicholls' framework, several considerations are presented for future research on the development of achievement motivation in sport.

Requests for reprints should be sent to Joan L. Duda, Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

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