ERIC Number: EJ1122511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers' Beliefs on Inclusion and Teaching Students with Disabilities: A Representation of Diverse Voices
Hodge, Samuel R.; Sato, Takahiro; Samalot-Rivera, Amaury; Hersman, Bethany L.; LaMaster, Kathryn; Casebolt, Kevin M.; Ammah, Jonathan O. A.
Multicultural Learning and Teaching, v4 n2 p38-58 Dec 2009
The purpose of this study was to analyze the beliefs of physical education teachers on teaching students with disabilities in inclusive classes. Participants were 29 physical education teachers from Ghana (Africa), Japan, the United States, and Puerto Rico. The research paradigm was qualitatively descriptive using a multisite interview design (Gay, 1996) situated in the theory of planned behavior (Ajzen, 1991). The primary data source was interviewing. Interview data were analyzed with constant comparative method (Merriam, 1998). Results indicate some teachers? self-efficacy was compromised and their pedagogies were troubled with difficulties and complexes beyond those of typical non-inclusive physical education programs. School districts should do more to engage teachers in professional development focused on teaching students with disabilities in physical education.
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Inclusion, Physical Education Teachers, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Comparative Analysis, Self Efficacy, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Cross Cultural Studies, Questionnaires, Teacher Characteristics, Secondary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana; Puerto Rico; Japan (Tokyo); California; Ohio; Pennsylvania
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