The physical education predisposition scale: preliminary tests of reliability and validity in Australian students

Toni A. Hilland, Trent D. Brown, Stuart J. Fairclough

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    The main aim of this study was to psychometrically test the Physical Education Predisposition Scale (PEPS) with a cohort of Australian students, to assess secondary school students’ perceived PE ability and PE worth. Secondary aims were to explore how the two variables were related and to investigate age and gender differences. Altogether, 266 Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students (aged 12–16 years), from four schools within the South Eastern region of Melbourne, completed the PEPS at both time points. Principal components analysis revealed the presence of a simple two-factor structure explaining 66.9% of the variance. Factor 1 (labelled perceived PE worth) reflected enjoyment and attitude (α =.91), and factor 2 (labelled perceived PE ability) represented perceptions of competence and self-efficacy (α =.92). Significant positive correlations were observed between the two factors (r =.50–.82, P <.001). Boys scored significantly higher than girls on perceived PE ability (P =.01), and year 7 students scored significantly higher compared to Year 9 students (P =.002). Our results support the potential of the PEPS as a concise measurement tool for use in the PE setting, for both teachers and researchers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)384-392
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2018


    • perceived ability
    • perceived worth
    • physical education
    • Reliability
    • validity

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