Class #24 – Thursday, December 18, 2012

December 13, 2012

1:05 – 1:45  Quiz (can leave when done – come back for 1:45)

1:45 – 1:55  Grade Quiz & PIZZA!

1:55 – 2:10  Sport Psychology in Germany  – Sabine Milger

2:10  School’s out!


Class #23 – Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

December 11, 2012


Culturally informed Sport Psychology

Numerous factors are involved in the cultural composition of both the athlete and the sport psychology practitioner, including ethnicity, socioeconomic background and status, race, socialization, sexual orientation, religion, gender, and geographic location. These often deeply ingrained personal variables can certainly affect the nature of the therapeutic relationship, intervention strategies, and intervention outcomes with athletic clientele. Yet, the field of sport psychology has been slow to discuss these critical variables or to conceptualize their impact on day-to-day athletic performance, overall psychological well-being, the therapeutic relationship, and success of interventions. The field of sport psychology needs to ensure to ensure that sport psychologists are gaining a comprehensive understanding of the athletes with whom they work, demonstrating respect for and integration of cultural constructs in the treatment room, and maintaining personal and professional self-awareness (from the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 2012).

First Impressions

Tin Cup – Certification/Licensure/Ethics for “sport psychologists”

APA Division 47 Facebook page

BASES (British) Sport Psychology Certification

Bend it Like Beckham – Coach Cultural Competence?

Ping Pong – from Samurai to Science: Sport Psychology in Japan:  japan017

League of Their Own – Gender Equity: Can we Change?

Self-Assessment for Cultural CompetenceCultural Competence Personal Reflection

Next Class

Quiz: 30 questions, 40 minutes.


Study for quiz!


Introduction to Cultural Sport Psychology

Final Quiz Bank of Questions Posted

December 9, 2012

63 questions – there will be 30 on next Thursday’s (Dec. 13):  ESS 220 Final Quiz Bank.

Here are some studying suggestions from the midterm quiz:

Mental Preparation for Taking Academic Tests – Here is a handout on how to use the mental skills we have been working on to address any anxiety you may have around taking the quiz:  Test Anxiety Suggestions.

“Probably” your best studying strategy at this point, will be to simply try and answer the questions by consulting the text.

Here is the text from the post which outlines your best “studying” strategy as you go through the course:

“Study Recommendation:

  • Pay attention in lectures – first exposure, link to what you already know, activity that “uses” concepts, big picture;
  • Read text, highlighting important points and difficult points/questions;
  • Re-read and answer difficult points;
  • Complete activities without rushing – think about links to text;
  • Focus on areas in lecture slides, key terms, critical questions”

But, again, at this point, your best strategy is to find the answers to the questions.  The students who will do best (probably), will be the one’s who have done the above recommendations each week as we move through the course.

Class # 22 – Thursday, November 6, 2012

December 6, 2012


Developmental psychologist Susan Harter has developed a theory around how children develop “competence motivation”.  Her theory is interactional and accounts for both situational (parents, friends) and personal (trait anxiety) factors in the child’s context (B = P X S).  Terms similar to “competence motivation” that we have seen already include:

  • achievement motivation
  • competitiveness
  • self-confidence.

The film Billy Elliot provides a perfect example of the two possible paths illustrated in Harter’s theory.

Competence Motivation (Gould & Weinberg, 2008)

Harter's Model of Competence Motivation

Lecture Slides

Chap. 22 Children Slides


Start to review the modules we have completed since the mid-term quiz a) review our class posts and complete any portfolio items; b) do the text readings; c) keep an eye out for the test bank of questions (Saturday?).

Next Class

Cultural Competence (Cultural Sport Psychology)

Class #21 – Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012

Overview:  Although “self-confidence” is a mental skill, it is also a motivational construct, and so we will be examining Bandura’s Theory of Self-Efficacy as it applies to sport.

Where have we seen self-confidence before?

CSAI-2 and CTAI-2 (self-confidence subscale) ; Loehr’s IPS Rating Card and you Best-Ever Performance Descriptions

Complete the TSCI: TSCI.Confidence012

Lecture Slides:  Self.Confidence.Lecture.Slides

Reference Material from Sport Psychology Goes to the Movies:  “Invincible”


1. Read Ch. 14 in the text

Class #20 – Thursday, November 29, 2012

December 4, 2012

Overview:  We will use Vallerand’s Model of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation to examine the main characters in the film “Bend it Like Beckham”.

Here are some references from “Sport Psychology Goes to the Movies”.


Class #19 – Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012


The purpose of today’s class is to complete our examination of Achievement Goals Theory – currently the most commonly researched theory of sport motivation.

Follow-up From Last Class

The purpose of writing a short analysis of the film Ping Pong was to see if you were able to apply the AGT model to other situations (you have already applied the model to yourself by completing the questionnaires and reporting on your own personal path through sport.

  1. Break into five groups and individually  present the results of your analysis regarding the motivational orientation of the film’s main characters and the motivational climate.  Try and come to a consensus and record your group’s opinion on the Viewing Guide sheet (15 minutes).
  2. Form a second group and briefly report your prior group’s findings.  Resolve any discrepencies, and then briefly report back to the class on the resolution of these differences. (10 min.).

Ping Pong Papers – Two student examples

Ping Pong (Ziemba, 2011)

Ping Pong (Simpson, 2011)

Do We Need to Revise the AGT Model based on our analysis of Ping Pong

  • Purpose of models (Lyle, 2002):  Purpose of Models
  • Revisions?
  • Did AGT allow to fully analyze and understand all aspects of motivated behavior in the film?  Smile?


Complete and score the SMS:  SMS English Version