2020 INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Showcase

Presentation Type

Open Access Oral Presentation

Keywords

Physical education teachers--Training of; Physical education for children with disabilities;

Abstract

With more children with disabilities being educated in public schools, it is imperative that physical education teacher education programs prepare future physical educators to teach students with disabilities. Despite this important role, little research has examined the profile of introductory adapted physical education (APE) courses. The purpose of this study was to assess the status of introductory APE courses across the nation. A content analysis of 32 syllabi from introductory APE college courses was used to identify four area of emphasis: characteristics of the disability, effective teaching practices, advocating for individuals with disabilities, and legislation. Descriptive information was also analyzed.

Start Date

17-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

17-4-2020 4:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Scott McNamara

Faculty Advisor

Lauren J. Lieberman

Department

Department of Kinesiology

Student Type

Graduate Student

File Format

application/pdf

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Syllabi Analysis of Undergraduate Introduction to Adapted Physical Education Courses

With more children with disabilities being educated in public schools, it is imperative that physical education teacher education programs prepare future physical educators to teach students with disabilities. Despite this important role, little research has examined the profile of introductory adapted physical education (APE) courses. The purpose of this study was to assess the status of introductory APE courses across the nation. A content analysis of 32 syllabi from introductory APE college courses was used to identify four area of emphasis: characteristics of the disability, effective teaching practices, advocating for individuals with disabilities, and legislation. Descriptive information was also analyzed.