Perceptions of Adapted Physical Education Graduates From Selected Universities on Attainment of Doctoral Competencies

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 2 Indiana University
  • 3 Ohio State University
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Graduates from four adapted physical education doctoral programs (1980-1999) within the United States were surveyed to determine their perceptions on the extent to which they attained published competencies in the areas of research and adapted physical education. A survey was mailed to 109 doctoral program graduates. A total of 99 surveys (91%) were usable for data analysis. Competency data were analyzed separately across two 10-year time periods (1980-1989; 1990-1999). Respondents’ perceptions improved significantly in cumulative research competency scores from the first to the second time period. Responses for adapted physical education competencies were similar across both time periods. Follow-up analyses on responses for each of the separate 18 research and 20 adapted physical education competency statements resulted in significant improvement from 1980-1989 to 1990-1999 for eight research competencies and one adapted physical education competency. Results have implications for the future of adapted physical education doctoral training in the United States and beyond.

David L. Porretta is with the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210. E-mail: <>. Paul R. Surburg is with the Kinesiology Department at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Paul Jansma is Professor Emeritus from The Ohio State University and is currently a summer professor at the University of Hawaii - Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822.

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