Document Type



A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

Thesis Supervisor: Amy Leshinsky, Ed.D.


Properly motivating students is not only the backbone of academic success but positive in-class experiences. When students are having more positive classroom experiences, they will ultimately be more motivated to engage and succeed. More and more students today are choosing not to take physical education in school. A lack of self-confidence and a general interest in the subject are two of the many factors associated with this problem. With the help of intrinsic motivation and self-determination theory, this thesis will seek to answer the question: What impact does effective motivation have on secondary students’ willingness to participate in physical education and leisure time physical activity? Results show that utilizing intrinsic motivation strategies within physical education class settings creates a positive outlook on physical education among students. In addition, results helped determine that allowing students opportunities to become self-determined will ultimately make them intrinsically motivated and want to participate in physical education and even outside-of-school physical activity.