ERIC Number: EJ1035753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Pedagogical Reflections on the Use of Disability Simulations in Higher Education
Leo, Jennifer; Goodwin, Donna L.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v32 n4 p460-472 Oct 2013
Disability simulations have been used to provide postsecondary students with experiential learning opportunities in many disciplines including physical education. Critics (French, 1992) suggest that it is not possible to simulate disability experience and therefore question their efficacy. The purpose of this study was to interpret the meanings given to disability simulations by undergraduate students in physical education. A narrative research approach was employed to collect disability simulation stories from a convenience sample of 57 undergraduate students (41 female, 16 male) in a required physical education course. Their hand-written stories were transcribed and analyzed thematically to reveal three themes; "thank goodness I don't have a disability," "I see things differently now," and "I'm just not sure about all of this." The findings suggested that disability simulations may result in varied learning outcomes, including those which are unintended. Future research into the efficacy of disability simulations as a pedagogical tool is warranted.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Simulation, Disabilities, Adapted Physical Education, Undergraduate Students, Physical Education, Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Experiential Learning, Qualitative Research, Inquiry, Majors (Students), Personal Narratives, Student Attitudes, Student Journals, Consciousness Raising, Physical Education Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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