Graduation Date

Summer 2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Program

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

Committee Chair Name

Sean Healy

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

Jayne McGuire

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Education

Abstract

Abstract

The effect of the teaching practicum setting on the beliefs of pre-service physical educators about inclusion in physical education

Jacob Cheek

BACKGROUND: In order for students with disabilities to be successful in physical education, pre-service physical educators need to gain experience in applying the necessary skills and knowledge. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of placement experience on the beliefs of pre-service physical educators about inclusion and teaching students with disabilities in physical education. METHODS: The ‘Physical Educator’s Judgments on Inclusion’ (PEJI) instrument was completed prior to, and after, involvement in a practicum experience (inclusive setting or one-to-one setting), or a control condition. RESULTS: Pre-service physical educators teaching in the inclusive setting showed to improve to a greater degree than those in the APE and control condition, regarding beliefs about inclusion. Conversely, Pre-service physical educators teaching in the APE setting showed to improve to a greater degree than those in the inclusive setting, regarding acceptance of students with disabilities. Implications for teacher preparation programs are discussed.

Citation Style

APA

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