ERIC Number: ED207960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Preparation of Schools to Meet the Physical Education Requirements of P.L. 94-142.
Bird, Patrick J.; Gansneder, Bruce M.
The findings reported represent the major portion of an extensive statewide needs assessment of physical education for the handicapped in Virginia. Questionnaires were sent to school principals, physical educators, and special educators in 1,076 elementary, junior, and senior high schools. The survey revealed that the educable mentally retarded, learning disabled, and trainable mentally retarded account for most of the handicapped students participating in regular physical education. While school personnel feel that physical education is important for the well-being of the handicapped, appropriate physical education is not provided. Although most handicapped students participate in physical education, few have access to special physical education classes or an adapted physical education specialist. Facilities, equipment, and the size and training of the staff restrict the establishment of appropriate physical education for the handicapped. Most teachers but less than half of the principals believe funds should be increased to improve services for the handicapped. Few principals give a high priority to hiring an adapted physical education specialist. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adapted Physical Education, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Mainstreaming, Mild Mental Retardation, Physical Education, Physical Education Facilities, Principals, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A