The development, validation and implementation of the multidimensional motivational climate observation system in sport

Smith, Nathan John (2015). The development, validation and implementation of the multidimensional motivational climate observation system in sport. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Grounded in an integrated framework (Duda, 2013) that pulls from achievement goal theory (AGT; Nicholls, 1989) and self-determination theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 2000) framework, the current thesis presents the steps taken to develop and test the Multidimensional Motivational Climate Observation System (MMCOS) in sport. Almost exclusively, research examining the motivational coaching environment from an AGT and/or SDT perspective has relied on athletes’ self-reports of the environment. Few studies have used an observational methodology to rate objective features of the coaching environment as emphasized within AGT and SDT-based research, and no studies have integrated AGT and SDT to provide an objective assessment of the motivational environment. To address these limitations, the thesis begins by outlining the development and validation of the MMCOS in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, the MMCOS is used to examine the relationship between observed and perceived dimensions of the coaching environment and subsequent relations with athlete motivation. Following this, the objectively rated motivational environment is examined in training and match contexts (Chapter 4). Finally, the MMCOS is employed to further understand the dynamics of the observed and perceived motivational coaching environment in an elite sport setting (Chapter 5). Findings from the present set of studies provide initial evidence for the reliability and validity of the MMCOS when utilized within different samples (i.e., grassroots and elite) and contexts. In the future, the MMCOS could be used alongside self-report measures and provide an alternative assessment of the coach-created motivational environment in sport, as well as contribute to the evaluation of coach-education programmes grounded in an AGT and SDT perspective.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Duda 1955-, Joan L. (Joan Lynne)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology


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