A CROSS-DISCIPLINARY COMPARISON OF PUBLISHED ARTICLES: ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Jihyun Lee, Justin A. Haegele

Abstract


Documentary analyses of adapted physical activity (APA) literature have been conducted whichdiscuss publication trends in the APA field (e.g., Karkeletsi, Skordilis, Evaggelinou, Grammatopoulou,& Spanaki, 2012; Porretta & Sherrill, 2005). However, few documentary analyses have comparedthose results with trends in other related fields, such as special education (SE). This study comparespublication trends between APA and SE over a 10-year span. Primary journals from APA and SE,Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ) and Exceptional Children (EC), respectively, wereselected for a comparative documentary analysis. A total of 455 articles (APAQ, n=205; EC, n=250)from 2004 to 2013 were identified and coded based on the following categories: (a)country of the firstauthor affiliation; (b)theoretical framework of empirical studies; (c)intervention research;(d)publication/research methods; (e) population of interest; and (f)topical areas. Results demonstratesimilarities and differences between APA and SE publication trends. The results indicate that littleintervention-based research was published across journals (14% for APAQ; 38% for EC). Bothjournals largely published group design research, and more single subject studies were observed in EC(n=17) than in APAQ (n=4). Additional similarities and differences in publication trends over the pastten years between two journals are discussed.

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