The current study tried to verify whether motivation and sense of competence interfere with the students’ academic performance and, if it is the case, whether this interaction is decreased by the participants’ age and gender. To deal with these hypotheses, we resorted to investigate certain variables in a population of 343 students from five regions of Tunisia (Tunis, Sfax, Mahdia, Beja and Kébili) aged between 13 and 15 and attending colleges or secondary schools. The targeted variables are: school absenteeism, school anxiety, intention of dropping out, academic performance, students’ involvement in education, measurement of physical skills, the availability of sports activities at their schools, and a qualitative evaluation of students (age, gender, size and weight). As expected, motivation and sense competence are positively and significantly correlated with a student’s performance. However, for students who have a low competence feeling, the relationship between motivation and sense of competence did not change significantly. Indeed, the relationship between the two is affected neither by age nor by sex and not even by academic performance.
Nader Zghidi, Ali Loumi
International journal of physical education, sports and health