ERIC Number: ED212618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Motor Development Programs for School-Aged Handicapped Students: Assessing the Needs of Professional Educators.
Melograno, Vincent; Loovis, E. Michael
A study was conducted to determine the educational needs of elementary and secondary school physical education teachers in Ohio in mainstreaming handicapped children in their classes. A validated questionnaire was sent to teachers in 35 school districts, and 241 teachers responded. The survey sought information on the experiences of teachers with handicapped students. Also investigated were teachers' abilities, attitudes toward handicapped learners, interest in professional self-development, expressed needs, and what they considered to be the limits of handicapped learners. Responses revealed that 41 percent of the teachers had no experience with handicapped students. Thirty-seven percent of the teachers had little or no background in adapted physical education, and seven percent had experience in developing individualized education programs (IEP's). Numerous misperceptions of Public Law 94-142 were revealed, resulting in misunderstandings about the responsibilities of physical education teachers. In general, the respondents had a positive attitude toward teaching handicapped students, but the majority felt that the nature of the student's handicap, the functional ability of the student, and the activity chosen would be limiting factors in participation in physical education. When asked about opportunities to expand their knowledge of physical education for handicapped students, the majority of teachers preferred conferences, workshops, and other inservice offerings. It is concluded that there is a need to clarify and identify the contribution of physical education in the IEP's of handicapped students. Tables are appended giving response data on the 36 item questionnaire. A copy of the survey instrument is also appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cleveland Foundation, OH.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland State Univ., OH.
Identifiers: Ohio; Physical Education Teachers; Public Law 94 142