Validating the Physical Educators’ Attitude Toward Teaching Individuals with Disabilities III (PEATID III) Survey for Future Professionals

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The purpose of this study was to assess validity and reliability of the Physical Educators’ Attitude Toward Teaching Individuals with Disabilities III (PEATID III; Rizzo, 1993) for future professionals. Participants (N = 3,464) were undergraduate students enrolled in the introductory adapted physical education course at 235 colleges and universities. Construct validity was obtained through principal components analysis with oblique rotation and supported by principal components analysis with varimax rotation. Results showed that PEATID III measures three factors: (a) outcomes of teaching students with disabilities in regular classes, (b) effects on student learning, and (c) need for more academic preparation to teach students with disabilities. Reliability, as estimated through coefficient alpha, was .88 for the total scale and .71 or greater for each of the disability subscales.

Sherry L. Folsom-Meek is with the Department of Human Performance, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MH 213, Mankato, MN 56001. E-mail: <sherry.folsom-meek@mnsu.edu>. Terry L. Rizzo is with the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, HPE 120, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407.

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