Latin American Physical Educators’ Intention to Teach Individuals With Disabilities

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

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Luis Columna Syracuse University

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Luz Amelia Hoyos-Cuartas University Corporation CENDA

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John T. Foley State University of New York

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Jose Rafael Prado-Perez University of Los Andes, Venezuela

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Dana Milena Chavarro-Bermeo University Corporation CENDA

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Ana Lorena Mora University of Costa Rica

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Maria Antonieta Ozols-Rosales National University of Costa Rica

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Luis Álvarez-del Cid Ministry of Education of Guatemala

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Ivana Rivero National University of Río Cuarto

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Purpose:

To analyze Latin American physical education (PE) teachers’ intentions toward teaching students with disabilities.

Participants:

474 in-service PE teachers from 5 different Latin American countries.

Method:

Descriptive survey. Data were collected using a modified version of the Physical Educators’ Intention Toward Teaching Individuals With Disabilities Survey. Multiple-regression analysis showed significant differences in the attitudes of teachers by gender, the number of adapted-PE courses taken, and years of experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Results:

The predictor variables had a significant impact on the participants’ intentions toward teaching children with disabilities; however, the effects of these predictor variables differed between countries.

Columna (lcolumna@syr.edu) is with the Dept. of Exercise Science, Syracuse Univ., NY. Hoyos-Cuartas and Chavarro-Bermeo are with the Dept. of Physical Activity and Disability, Univ. Corp. CENDA, Bogota, Colombia. Foley is with the Dept. of Physical Education, State Univ. of New York, Cortland. Prado-Perez is with the Univ. of Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela. Mora is with the Human Movement Sciences Dept., Univ. of Costa Rica, Turrialba. Ozols-Rosales is with the Physical Education Dept., National Univ. of Costa Rica, Heredia. Álvarez-del Cid is with the Physical Education Dept., Ministry of Education of Guatemala. Rivero is with the National Univ. of Río Cuarto, Argentina.

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