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ERIC Number: EJ1169565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Barriers and Facilitators of Physical Education Participation for Students with Disabilities: An Exploratory Study
Haegele, Justin; Zhu, Xihe; Davis, Summer
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v22 n2 p130-141 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the barriers and facilitators to participation in physical education (PE) for students with disabilities (SWD) from the perspectives of in-service physical educators. A convenience sample of 168 physical educators (72% female, 94% Caucasian) from the United States completed a short questionnaire. After data collection was completed, data were compiled into a spreadsheet and the first and third authors independently open-coded the responses. Cohen's ? was computed to determine the inter-rater agreement on the open-coding process of the teacher responses. In total, 741 facilitators and 652 barriers were identified, and the most commonly reported barriers and facilitators centered on either teacher- or program-related responses. Barrier and facilitator categories were positively correlated (f = 0.42 and Cramer's ? = 0.16, p = 0.00); however, neither years of teaching experiences (r[subscript barriers] = 0.01, p = 0.89; r[subscript facilitators] = 0.05, p = 0.45) nor frequency of teaching SWD (t[subscript barriers] = 0.05, p = 0.49; t[subscript facilitators] = 0.05, p = 0.47) was significantly associated with the number of barriers or facilitators reported. Unique to other research in this arena, teachers frequently reported that personal-related variables were also as barriers to PE participation.
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Language: English
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