Can Feedback Affect Motivation?

Gabriel Strube, Bradford Strand


The feedback teachers and coaches provide to students and athletes influences their achievement in physical education and sport setting. Practitioners can use feedback when teaching the correct movements or skills and feedback allows students and athletes to get information about how they are performing a movement or skill. Feedback can be used to correct mistakes and as a way to affect one’s motivation levels. Feedback used while teaching and coaching are intrinsic and augmented feedback and may be delivered verbally, visually, or through written form, and does not always need to be highly detailed in order to help with student and athlete motivation. The purposes of this paper are to discuss the importance of using feedback with students and athletes to help motivate them into a higher level of performance, and, to show how practitioners may also use feedback from students and athletes to adjust teaching techniques.

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