The Effect of Mainstreaming on the Motor Performance of Mentally Retarded and Nonhandicapped Students

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G. Lawrence Rarick University of California, Berkeley

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This paper is an account of a field research project on mainstreaming two age levels of TMR children in physical education classes, including a commentary on pedagogical considerations in mainstreaming. The findings indicated that the gain in motor performance of the integrated generally exceeded that of the nonintegrated TMRs without adversely affecting the performance of their nonhandicapped peers. Teacher intervention was greater for the young retarded than for their nonhandicapped peers, more apparent for the integrated than for the segregated TMRs, and less evident for the older nonhandicapped than for the older TMR children. The findings lend support to the belief that the retarded can be successfully integrated in physical education classes.

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