ERIC Number: ED295934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Motor Development Programs for School-Aged Handicapped Students: A Follow-Up Needs Assessment.
Melograno, Vincent; Loovis, E. Michael
The purpose of this 1988 follow-up study was to augment findings previously obtained in a comprehensive needs assessment regarding appropriate physical education programming for mainstreamed students. The current educational needs of elementary and secondary public school teachers were determined. Information was sought on teachers' experience, existing abilities, attitudes, programming, expressed needs, and perceived limitations on handicapped learners. Results from 242 teachers indicated that a majority have not been involved in Individualized Education Program planning, believe that an adapted physical education placement must be provided, and need assistance in motor behavior assessment. A majority of the teachers were "neutral/mixed" in their interest toward teaching handicapped students. Also, teachers still base the exclusion of students on the nature of the individual's handicap, functional ability, and activity chosen. Results confirmed the belief that teaching professionals do not possess the competencies necessary to conduct physical education in the least restrictive environment. The survey instrument and response data are appended. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the original study, see ED 212 618.