The motivation of university students to participate in tai chi exercise

Linxuan, Guo and Keppell, Michael J. (2008) The motivation of university students to participate in tai chi exercise. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Sciences, 5 (1). pp. 49-55. ISSN 1975-2938


This study applied expectancy-value model (Eccles et al., 1983; Wigfield & Eccles, 2000) to Tai Chi among university students in Hong Kong. A total of 117 college students participated in the study assessing their expectancy-related beliefs, task values, and intention for future participation. The correlations revealed the moderately positive relationship among students' expectancy-related beliefs and subjective task values. And multiple regressions indicated that importance and interest emerged as the significantly positive predictors for students' intention for future participation in Tai Chi exercise. The Chinese version of expectancy-value scale with satisfactory internal consistency can offer reference for studying motivation toward various physical activity programs among the Hong Kong or other Chinese population. The results of current study provide empirical support for previous research in the relationship among the constructs of the expectancy-value theory and their correlation with intention to exercise participation. The findings also provide implications on the instruction and promotion of Tai Chi exercise. The effects of 'expectancy-value' on participation in other physical activities will require further investigation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2014 05:21
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 02:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tai Chi; expectancy-value model
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110603 Motor Control
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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