AN ANALYSIS INTO THE STRUCTURE, VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY OF THE CHILDREN’S ATTITUDES TOWARDS INTEGRATED PHYSICAL EDUCATION-REVISED (CAIPE-R)

Maria J. Campos, José P. Ferreira, Martin E. Block

Abstract


The main purpose of the present research is to test the validity and reliability of the revised version of the Children’s Attitudes towards Integrated Physical Education-revised – CAIPE-R (Block, 1995), using a Portuguese sample. Participants were 683 middle school students without disabilities (n=316 females and n=367 males, between 11 and 16 years, mean age 13.31 ± 1.10). The CAIPE-R measures students ‘attitudes toward including students with a disability in general physical education (GPE). The estimation of reliability was ascertained using the coefficient alpha for the two subscales and was reported at 0.72 and 0.48 respectively. Exploratory factor analysis revealed a slightly different factorial organization with a small number of cross loadings. The internal consistency and the validity of the CAIPE-R have been adequately tested, replying the original structure presented by Block (1995). Results points out that the Portuguese version of the CAIPE-R is a valid and reliable instrument to assess attitudes of students without disabilities toward including peers with disabilities in their GPE classes, providing significant interest and adequacy for the use of CAIPE-R in future researches.

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