Graduation Date

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Program

Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

David Adams

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Chris Hopper

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Jill Pawlowski

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Rock Braithwaite

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Physical Education

Abstract

Inclusion in the classroom requires that the local education agency provide services (i.e., direct, related) to support each student’s needs. The philosophy guiding inclusion is that these services will allow each student to keep pace or catch-up with his or her typically developing peers (Elkins, Van Kraayenoord, & Jobling, 2003). Students’ attitudes towards their peers with disabilities have been researched and reported through the years however, little work has examined these attitudes in a physical education setting (Archie & Sherrill, 1989; Block & Malloy, 1998; Block & Zeman, 1996; Tripp, French, & Sherrill, 1995). Researchers have reported that individuals avoid talking to students with disabilities because of pre judgments they have made prior to any contact (Sherill, 1998). Based on contact theory (Alport, 1935) meaningful and purposeful interactions between individuals with differences should result in positive attitudes changes towards each other (Broadhead, 1985; Sherrill et al, 1994). Therefore, the purpose of this study is to determine if the attitudes of typically developing student’s changes based on positive and meaningful interactions with a student with ASD in the physical education setting. The researcher has hypothesized that student’s attitudes will positively change with increased positive and meaningful interactions with a student with ASD in the physical education setting. All participants within this study will complete a pre and post survey with data being collected and analyzed by the researcher.

Citation Style

APA

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