Preservice Physical Educators’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs Toward Inclusion: The Impact of Coursework and Practicum

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of completion of an adapted physical education (APE) course with an associated on-campus practicum on preservice physical educators’ self-efficacy beliefs toward the inclusion of individuals with specific disabilities (autism, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and visual impairments). Preservice students in physical education teacher education (N = 98) at a large U.S. Midwestern university enrolled in 1 of 2 separate 15-wk APE courses with an associated 9-wk practicum experience were surveyed at the beginning, middle, and conclusion of each course. Results of 4 separate 2-factor fixed-effect split-plot ANOVAs revealed significant improvements in self-efficacy beliefs from Wk 1 to Wk 8 and from Wk 1 to Wk 15 across all disability categories. Significant differences between courses were found only for autism in Time 1.

The authors are with the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Dept. of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

Address author correspondence to Andrea Taliaferro at Andrea.Taliaferro@mail.wvu.edu