Impact of Inclusion in General Physical Education on Students Without Disabilities

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Iva Obrusníková Palacký University, Czech Republic

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Hana Válková Palacký University, Czech Republic

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Martin E. Block University of Virginia

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The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the impact of including a student who uses a wheelchair and is given no direct support in a 4th grade general physical education (GPE) class on students without disabilities. Using an evaluate case study research method, data were collected in the beginning and end of a 2-week GPE volleyball unit from 2 intact elementary school classes using 2 attitude inventories, volleyball skills, and knowledge test. Results indicated no significant class difference in volleyball skill and knowledge acquisitions. Overall, attitudes toward including a student with a disability tended to be positive in both classes. In addition, there was no significant time difference within the classes on either attitude inventory.

Iva Obrusníková and Hana Válková are with the Department of Adapted Physical Education at the University of Palacký, Czech Republic. Martin E. Block is with the Kinesiology Program at the University of Virginia, 210 Emmet St. S, Suite 203, P.O. Box 400407, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4407 E-mail: meb7u@virginia.edu.

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