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ERIC Number: ED417893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Perspectives on Adapted Physical Education Services to Rural Populations.
Nolan, Joe; Ellery, Peter; Maguire, Paul
Spurred by the inclusion trend, adapted physical education (APE) has emerged as a fundamental education service for children with disabilities in recent years. Although only 15 states have a certification or endorsement in APE, the Adapted Physical Education National Standards examination has produced certified APE educators in 21 additional states. All states offer at least one course in APE at the undergraduate level; a few offer an undergraduate minor; but undergraduate majors are scarce. Many graduate programs offer majors in APE, but some school districts and states view APE as frivolous, especially in rural areas. Perspectives on APE from three states with large rural areas are provided. Florida has a strong emphasis on APE, with state certification, two university master's programs, a federally funded summer inservice program, and several distance education programs. In Texas, certification has a chance of passage after 25 years of lobbying. The state's 15 certified APE educators are in or near metropolitan areas. Rural school districts in north Texas contract with Texas Woman's University. Three other colleges are proposing personnel preparation programs, and two are planning distance learning projects. Alaska has high rates of suicide, student drug use, and high-risk behaviors, and most of its resources go to treatment instead of school health programs. Alaska Natives and disabled people receive especially little attention. APE is considered a related service in many districts. The only personnel preparation program for physical education in Alaska includes APE issues in the regular curriculum but plans to adopt a fifth year MAT model. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Florida; Texas