Date of Award


Embargo Period


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Education (Honours) BEd (Hons)





First Advisor

Dr Peter Beamish

Second Advisor

Malcolm Coulson


130106 Secondary Education, 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy


Physical activity and academic achievement are important and valued aspects of society. The present study investigated the relationship between involvement in competitive sport, self-efficacy beliefs and academic achievement in Seventh-day Adventist secondary school students. Within the study, competitive sport was divided into three aspects, involvement, enjoyment and success. Self-efficacy was investigated at two levels, general, and a more task specific level including academic and Personal Development & Health self-efficacy. Student self-reporting was used in measuring achievement in the subject areas of English, Mathematics and Personal Development and Health.

Data were collected from 619 students in 3 Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools using a 96-item questionnaire. Multiple linear regression analysis was employed to test proposed relationships in a theoretically constructed causal model, linking background, intermediate and outcome variables.

Aspects of competitive sport were found to have direct and indirect influences on levels of self-efficacy as well as academic and PD/H achievement. High general self-efficacy was found to significantly influence more specific levels of self-efficacy and there were strong positive paths existing from academic self-efficacy to academic achievement and PD/H self-efficacy to PD/H achievement.

Pathways within the causal model identified that students who are successful in competitive sport are more likely to achieve highly in Mathematics, English and PD/H. Students who enjoy their involvement in competitive sport exhibit high beliefs of PD/H self-efficacy and achieve highly in PD/H.


Used by permission: the author.

A print copy of this thesis is held in the Avondale College Library (SC Theses 796.01 B32).