Physical Educators’ Qualifications and Instructional Practices Toward Students With Disabilities

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Jaehun JungDepartment of Health and Human Performance, College of Education and Human Development, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA, USA

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Layne CaseDepartment of Physical Education, College of Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

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Samuel W. LoganKinesiology Program, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

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Joonkoo YunDepartment of Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

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The purposes of this study were (a) to investigate the prevalence of physical educators who report delivering high-quality instructional practices to students with disabilities and (b) to examine the relationships between teachers’ qualifications and the delivery of high-quality instructional practices. A secondary analysis using data from the School Health Policy and Practice Study 2014 data set was employed. The analytic sample included 256 physical educators who taught students with disabilities. Prevalence estimates of physical educators who reported using high-quality instructional practices were calculated. Two separate binary logistic regressions using weighted data were conducted to evaluate the relative contribution of (a) teacher qualifications and (b) educational degrees in accounting for differences in the use of high-quality instructional practices. Less than half of the sample reported using high-quality instructional practices. Considering the increasing prevalence of students with disabilities in general education classrooms, teacher education programs should prioritize providing teacher candidates with coursework that aligns with the expectations of physical educators who teach students with disabilities.

Jung (jungj@nsula.edu) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4146-0196.

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