ERIC Number: EJ1099225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Special Education Professionals' Perceptions toward Accessible Playgrounds
Stanton-Chapman, Tina L.; Schmidt, Eric L.
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, v41 n2 p90-100 Jun 2016
The perceptions and beliefs of 303 special education professionals toward currently available playgrounds in their school or community were examined. Survey respondents (a) indicated that their students with a disability could not fully participate in their school or community's playground offerings, (b) discussed the need for a peer buddy program on the school or community playground setting, and (c) dreamed of a fully inclusive playground that meets the needs of "all" students with and without disabilities. Implications of these findings for playground developers and special education professionals are discussed in terms of universal design facilities and a need to also include social-emotional intervention.
Descriptors: Playgrounds, Accessibility (for Disabled), Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Disabilities, Student Participation, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Playground Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia