Problems in Mainstreaming Research: Some Personal Observations

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William B. Karper University of North Carolinaat Greensboro

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Many issues must be resolved before research on mainstreaming in physical education becomes believable, replicable, and generalizable. Decisions are necessary regarding the standardization of procedures that place atypical students in the mainstream, and clear definitions are needed regarding what constitutes a handicapped student in physical education. Also, agreement is needed on what typifies the makeup of a regular physical education program that serves handicapped students. Additionally, physical education class content and context differs between classes in the same school, making controlled studies nearly impossible to achieve. It is very difficult to select test instruments that are appropriate to both handicapped and nonhandicapped students. Finally, data analysis is a problem because of the unequal numbers of handicapped and nonhandicapped students found in mainstream physical education classes.

Request reprints from Dr. W.B. Karper, Motor and Social Behavior Laboratory, School of HPERD, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC 27412.

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