Developing Physically Literacy in K-12 Physical Education Through Achievement Goal Theory Academic Article uri icon


  • The goal of physical education is to instill physical literacy within students. As an important motivation framework, achievement goal theory has been widely used to understand and explain students cognitive, affective, and behavioral outcomes. In this paper, we reviewed studies examining achievement goals and outcomes in K-12 physical education settings. First, we provide a brief review of the historical development of the achievement goal theoretical models (the dichotomous model, the trichotomous model, the 2 2 model, and the 3 2 model). Then, we synthesize consequences, antecedents, and interactive factors of each achievement goal construct as well as the influences of gender, age, and culture on students achievement goals. Finally, we discuss implications for practice and future research. We hope our review can inform physical educators and researchers and assist the application of achievement goal theory into practice.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, J., Xiang, P., Lee, J., & Li, W.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Jiling||Xiang, Ping||Lee, Jihye||Li, Weidong

publication date

  • January 2017