Rokka S.,Democritus University of Thrace |
Mavridis G.,Democritus University of Thrace |
Mavridou Z.,Democritus University of Thrace |
Kelepouris A.,Veria Inc |
Sport Science | Year: 2015
The aim of this paper was to investigate participation motives of high school students in teaching programs of Greek traditional dance and if factors such as sex, class attendance and participation experience, differentiate their participation motives. The Greek version the Recreation Experience Preference Questionnaire was used for the data collection. The sample of the study comprised 250 high school students. The following statistical analyses were performed: a) factor analysis, b) Cronbach’s alpha, c) T-test for independent samples, and d) One-way analysis of variance. Results showed that: a) all twelve factors accounted for the 85.4% of total variance, b) Cronbach’s alpha was satisfactory, it ranged from .85-.96, c) Of the twelve factors of the questionnaire, ”Escape” presented the highest Mean (5.89) and “Expertise” the lowest (2.33). “Socialization” and “Improving physical fitness” were the factors that differentiated “Class Attendance”. In conclusion we could say that students’ participation in dancing activities is a leisure activity since it is a way to escape from school program, to eliminate their anxiety and to improve their physical fitness. Traditional dance constitutes an activity which has the potential to turn extrinsic to intrinsic motivation, thus resulting in the long term participation of people in this activity. © 2015, Univerzitet u Travniku. All rights reserved.