Joseph Bergin

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Comments

Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies of Bridgewater State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science, 2016.

Degree Program

Physical Education

Degree Type

Master of Science


Engaging students in meaningful experiences that inspire them to be active both in and out of school is the primary goal of quality physical education programs (National Association of Sport and Physical Education & American Heart Association, 2012). One of the strongest influences on student engagement in physical education is their perceived physical competence (Bevens, Fitzpatrick, Sanchez, & Forrest, 2010; Carney, 2012). The purpose if this study was to explore how perceived physical competence was affected by the use of video feedback using the Coach’s Eye application. Participants in this study were 60 fourth and fifth grade students. There were 31 participants in the technology intervention and 29 participants in the control group (no technology). Four class sections took part in this study (2 fourth grade, 2 fifth grade), each taking part in an eight-lesson unit on striking skills. Throughout the unit students worked in small groups video recording each other with iPads in order to evaluate their own progress. Participants used the iPad application Coach’s Eye to review and assess their own videos. Before, during, and after the unit subjects took a modified sports and athletics subscale of the Children and Youth Physical Self-Perception Profile (CY-PSPP). The results indicated that there was no significant difference between the technology group and the control group. Slight increase in the levels of perceived competence among students in the technology group were identified, however there were no statistical difference in significance


Karen Richardson (chair)

Jennifer Mead

Misti Neutzling