ERIC Number: ED026781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Adapted Physical Education Program. 1968 Report.
Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA. Office of Research.
A program was introduced in 1965 to provide individualized physical education for students in grades 1 through 12 who could not participate in regular physical education programs. Twenty-one schools and 1,640 students with a variety of conditions participated. The most frequent limitations of participants were low physical fitness, overweight, and curvature of the spine. Pupils attended an average of two 45-minute classes a week where they engaged in regular physical education activities adapted to their specific needs. Measurement of program effectiveness revealed that although the number of schools having the program increased, the number of students served decreased, and there was no difference in improvement of students with low physical fitness related to whether they had one, two, or five classes per week. Instructors estimated that 30% of participants reached maximum improvement, 44% showed moderate improvement, 17% minimal improvement, and 9% no improvement. Of the students, 16% were returned to regular physical education classes. Administrative considerations are included. (LE)
Descriptors: Administration, Clinical Diagnosis, Etiology, Exceptional Child Research, Individualized Instruction, Physical Disabilities, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Program Evaluation, Rating Scales, Remedial Programs, Special Classes, Special Health Problems, Staff Role, Teacher Qualifications
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA. Office of Research.