Adapted Physical Educators: The Multiple Roles of Consultants

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  • 1 California State University, Chico
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The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences and roles adapted physical educators engaged in during consultation interactions. Participants included 4 females and 2 males with experience teaching (range of 3-21 years) in the field of adapted physical education. Data collection included a demographic data sheet, two individual in-depth interviews, interview notes, document analysis, and field observations. Results indicate that participants experienced and made meaning for five distinct roles, including advocate, educator, courier, supporter/helper, and resource coordinator. These findings and future discoveries may influence curriculum and pedagogical approaches for adapted physical education teacher training programs.

The authors are with the Physical Education and Exercise Science Dept. at California State University, 400 West First Street, Chico, CA 95929. E-mail:;

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