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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.

Degree Program

Physical Education

Degree Type

Master of Science


This study examined the effect of a mastery motivational climate on vocational students’ physical activity enjoyment levels. Participants were 84 ninth graders (boys=53 and girls=31) aged 14 to 16 years from eight different school districts, who attended a vocational-technical school in New England. Surveys were used pre- and post-mastery climate exposure to assess students’ prior physical education experiences, perceptions of motivational climates, and levels of physical activity enjoyment. Results indicated that the sample of vocational students perceived a higher level of mastery motivational climate at the New England vocational- technical school with a higher level of physical activity enjoyment than at previous middle school districts. Increasing physical activity enjoyment levels for potential trade workers may have a positive impact on the prevention of future rates of obesity and the negative health implications that often accompany it. The current results add to the research on motivational climates and students’ physical activity enjoyment levels by expanding the findings to explicitly vocational high schools.


Pamela Russell (Committee Chair)

Karen Richardson

Deborah Sheehy