Scholarly Productivity in Adapted Physical Activity Pedagogy: A Bibliometric Analysis

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  • 1 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • | 2 Texas Woman’s University
  • | 3 Eastern Washington University
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The purpose was to determine whether publications pertaining to adapted physical activity (APA) pedagogy in the core serials from 1988 to 1998 adhere to library science laws. A bibliometric analysis was conducted on 770 articles in 259 serials selected from 4,130 serials initially identified in four databases (Article First, ERIC, Medline, Sport Discus). Results indicated that 1,720 authors have constructed the early APA pedagogy literature. Of these, only 11 contributed four or more articles. The scatter of APA pedagogy literature over four zones, with 4, 15, 64, and 176 journals in the zones, respectively, supports Bradford’s law of scattering. Price’s law was not supported because most authors contributed only one article. Most pedagogy articles (n = 184) were published in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Physician and Sports Medicine, and Palaestra. Graduate education should include exposure to bibliometrics and collaboration with library and information science specialists.

John O’Connor is with the Department of Kinesiology at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Campus Box 1126, Edwardsville, IL 62026. E-mail: <>. Ron French and Claudine Sherrill are with the Department of Kinesiology at Texas Woman’s Univeristy, Denton, TX. Garth Babcock is with the Physical Education, Health, and Recreation Department at Eastern Washington Univeristy, Cheney, WA.

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