A CONTEMPORARY REVIEW OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LITERATURE ON INCLUSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION: A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE

Deirdre O’Brien, Martin Kudláček, Peter David Howe

Abstract


The state of inclusion for students with disabilities in general physical education (GPE) varies across European countries. In many countries inclusive physica al education is still a developing practice. The purpose of this review of literature published in English is to highlight current debates surrounding the inclusion of students with disabilities in physical education, in hope that there might be a degree of consensus of opinion surrounding the facilitation of inclusive practices within Europe. This review covers an eight year period commencing in early 2000. A total of twenty seven articles are highlighted in this review using the Theoretical Model for the Study of Classroom Teaching (Dunkin & Biddle, 1974) which suggests that study of teaching and learning involve four variables: presage (teacher), context (students), process (interaction) and product. The ultimate aim of this review is to use recent publications in the field of APA to highlight a need for the establishment of professional guidelines for successful implementation of good practice within GPE throughout Europe.


Keywords


physical education; integration; inclusion; mainstreaming; disabilities

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