Cunningham, Phyllis M.
M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Physical Education
Physical education for handicapped children--Illinois
The purpose of this study was to collect and analyze information related to the current programmatic status of adapted physical education service delivery in Illinois. The information was used to determine whether public school special education programs were providing adapted physical education services to all eligible handicapped students as mandated by Public Law 94-142 and Illinois School Code. Additionally, the perceived needs related to adapted physical education service delivery in Illinois were determined by comparing discrepancies between special education directors' opinions about what "currently exists" and what "should exist" in their programs. Needs were identified and recommendations were made in the areas of adapted physical education personnel, instructional programming, continuum of services, and preservice and inservice training. Potential subjects were 105 public school special education administrators in Illinois. These administrators received a letter explaining the purpose of the study along with instructions for completion and return of the inventory. The inventory was developed and modeled after one previously completed by C. Sherrill and N. Megginson in 1982 and other experts in adapted physical education. The inventory was returned by 56% of the Illinois State-approved directors of special education. The Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test was used to analyze the data. Questions were analyzed through an overall comparison and then divided into four subgroups: adapted physical education personnel, instructional programs, continuum of services, and preservice and inservice training needs. The results indicated there was a significant difference at the .05 level between the current and desired status of adapted physical education as perceived by the special education directors. The data indicate that all areas of adapted physical education service delivery were currently perceived as deficient.
Hoppenrath, Patricia J., "Adapted physical education service delivery in Illinois : status and needs assessment" (1985). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 991.
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