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ERIC Number: ED385540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 37
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Relationships between Preservice Physical Education Teacher Attributes and Attitude toward Students with Mild Disabilities.
Folsom-Meek, Sherry L.; And Others
This study examined the relationships between preservice physical education teacher attributes and attitude toward teaching students classified as behaviorally disordered, mildly mentally retarded, and learning disabled. Currently enrolled in an introductory adapted physical education course, physical education teaching majors (n=1,081) from colleges and universities in 30 states completed the Physical Educators' Attitude Toward Teaching Individuals with Disabilities (PEATID-III) Preservice Version during the last two weeks of the academic term. All institutions meeting criteria were given the opportunity to participate. Based on a 5-point Likert sacle of the PEATID-III, Preservice Version, results showed that preservice teachers had a mean total attitude score of 3.51 toward teaching students with these disabilities. The central phase of the analysis looked at the following attributes: age, number of adapted physical education courses taken, year in school, number of other courses taken relating to individuals with disabilities, hands-on experience, perceived competence, hands-on experience as introductory course requirement, overall educational preparation, and certification level. Results of a forward stepwise multiple regression analysis indicated that perceived competence, overall educational preparation, and hands-on experience course requirement, were significant predictors of total attitude scores. Preservice physical education teachers with favorable attitudes perceived themselves to be competent, rated their overall educational preparation as high, and acquired hands-on experiences with individuals with disabilities as a requirement of the introductory course. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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