Teaching inclusively: are secondary physical education teachers sufficiently prepared to teach in inclusive environments?

Coates, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0021-9999, 2011. Teaching inclusively: are secondary physical education teachers sufficiently prepared to teach in inclusive environments? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 17 (4), pp. 349-365. ISSN 1740-8989

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Background: Contemporary British educational guidelines, such as the National Curriculum (NC) have adopted inclusivity in the way children with special educational needs (SEN) are taught. Therefore, inclusion has risen up the political agenda, resulting in more children with SEN being taught in mainstream environments. Empirical research has attempted to examine PE teacher's perceptions of inclusion. However, it is evident that PE teachers perceive the training they receive during initial teacher training (ITT) as a constraint on their practice with specific regard to teaching children with SEN. Purpose: This study aimed to determine if student secondary PE teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach children with SEN inclusively, by examining their training at ITT as well as their perceived preparedness and confidence to teach inclusively. Participants and setting: 107 students from a four-year BA (Hons) and a PGCE secondary PE ITT course attending a North West England ITT institution participated in the study. Research design: Survey research was implemented to examine if student secondary PE teachers attending two different ITT courses were sufficiently prepared to teach in inclusive environments. Data collection: A 31-item semi-structured questionnaire comprising predominantly of closed questioning, was used for this study. Open-ended questions were included to collect qualitative data, intended to add richness to the data and explore students' perceptions. Questions focused upon respondents' inclusion training at ITT, the perceived effectiveness of this training, students' preferences in teaching, experience of teaching children with SEN, as well as their perceived preparedness and confidence to teach inclusively.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
Creators: Coates, J.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2011
Volume: 17
Number: 4
ISSN: 1740-8989
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10.1080/17408989.2011.582487DOI
Rights: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2011, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17408989.2011.582487.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:13
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9665

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