Measuring sports class learning climates: The development of the Sports Class Environment Scale

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Title Measuring sports class learning climates: The development of the Sports Class Environment Scale
Author Dowdell, Trevor John; Tomson, L Michaud (Mich); Davies, Michael Drummond
Journal Name Learning Environments Research
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Abstract The development and validation of a new and unique learning climate instrument, the Sports Class Environment Scale (SCES), was the focus of this study. We began with a consolidation of the dimensions and items of the Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire–2 and the Classroom Environment Scale. Field-testing of the SCES involved 204 competitive gymnasts from six metropolitan and four regional competitive gymnastics clubs in Queensland, Australia. Exploratory factor analysis provided a revised SCES with five scales labelled Task Involvement & Improvement, Ego Involvement & Mistakes, Coach–Athlete Communication, Effort, Order & Organisation, and Affiliation. Using scales of the revised SCES as dependent variables, multivariate analyses of variance were conducted to compare club types, genders and competitive levels. Effective measurement of sports class learning climates using the SCES could lead to a greater understanding of effective sports classes, and of coach and athlete behaviours in those classes, and provide a first step in monitoring sports class learning climates.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10984-011-9086-y
Volume 14
Issue Number 2
Page from 123
Page to 133
ISSN 1573-1855
Date Accessioned 2011-10-13; 2012-04-23T21:51:28Z
Date Available 2012-04-23T21:51:28Z
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Specialist Studies in Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44605
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1e

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