Latin American Physical Educators’ Intention to Teach Individuals With Disabilities

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 Syracuse University
  • | 2 University Corporation CENDA
  • | 3 State University of New York
  • | 4 University of Los Andes, Venezuela
  • | 5 University of Costa Rica
  • | 6 National University of Costa Rica
  • | 7 Ministry of Education of Guatemala
  • | 8 National University of Río Cuarto
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To analyze Latin American physical education (PE) teachers’ intentions toward teaching students with disabilities.


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


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.


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 ( 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.