Graduation Date

Summer 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Program

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

Committee Chair Name

Chriss Hopper

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

David Adams

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Jill Pawlowski

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Education

Abstract

BACKGROUND: More schools are moving towards full inclusion for students with disabilities into physical education classes. One key facilitating factor in the success of inclusion is parental support and involvement. Although much research has been conducted on the attitudes of teachers and students towards inclusion in physical education classes, there is very little information regarding parent attitudes towards inclusion in a physical education setting.

PURPOSE: To examine parent attitudes towards inclusion in physical education.

METHODS: Online anonymous surveys were administered to parents of students with and without disabilities enrolled in a high school in rural northern California. Survey questions gathered information relating to demographics and parent attitudes towards inclusion in physical education. Participant’s responses were grouped by common themes and reviewed for similarities and differences.

RESULTS: Parents support inclusion in PE but feel that students with disabilities should be placed in a PE class based on an individual basis. Parents have mixed feelings regarding the outcomes of inclusive PE for students with disabilities regarding learning and developing physical skills. Parents of students without disabilities had slightly stronger attitudes in favor of inclusion than parents of students with disabilities.

CONCLUSION: More research is needed to evaluate the attitudes of parents of students with disabilities.

Citation Style

apa

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