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Are Australian pre-service physical education teachers prepared to teach inclusive physical education?


Pedersen, SJ and Cooley, PD and Hernandez, K, Are Australian pre-service physical education teachers prepared to teach inclusive physical education?, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39, (8) pp. 53-62. ISSN 0313-5373 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2014v39n8.4


Australian pre-service physical education (PE) teachers must be prepared for the reality of teaching in inclusive classrooms. Past studies have indicated that the amount of academic preparedness can affect pre-service PE teachers’ intentions to successfully teach in inclusive settings. The current study measured these intentions in a sample of pre-service PE teachers from two different universities. This modified survey required participants to respond to two separate scenarios: one teaching inclusive PE to a student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and one to a student with autism. All participants completed an adapted PE unit with an embedded practicum of different lengths. Findings indicated that pre-service teachers’ who experienced the larger adapted PE practicum had more favourable intentions towards teaching students with both disabilities compared to the other cohort. Implications of this research to improve Australian PE teacher training are discussed and recommendations are made.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Inclusion, Pre-service teachers, Attitudes, Disability
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Pedersen, SJ (Dr Scott Pedersen)
UTAS Author:Cooley, PD (Associate Professor Dean Cooley)
UTAS Author:Hernandez, K (Ms Keira Hernandez)
ID Code:93004
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-07-04
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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