ATTITUDES OF 5th AND 6th GRADE GREEK STUDENTS TOWARD THE INCLUSION OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES AFTER A PARALYMPIC EDUCATION PROGRAM

Anna K. Panagiotou, Christina Evaggelinou, Agapi Doulkeridou, Katerina Mouratidou, Eirini Koidou

Abstract


The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of the Paralympic School Day (PSD)
program on the attitudes of 5th and 6th grade Greek students without disabilities and the effect of
gender differences on the inclusion of children with disabilities in physical education classes. The
178 children were divided into two groups, (an experimental n = 86 and a control group n = 92).
The experimental group received a day program, PSD, aimed at creating awareness and
understanding of people with disabilities. All children answered twice the CAIPE-R, Childrens
Attitudes toward Integrated Physical Education Revised Questionnaire (Block, 1995), modified.
The questionnaire posited two attitude subscales: general and sport-specific. A 2X2 repeated
measures analysis of variance was used to examine the differences in pre and post tests between
the two groups and genders. Results indicated significant differences on the experimental group,
only in general attitudes and not in the case of sport-specific related questions. In addition no

Keywords


Disability; Physical Education; Paralympic Education; Program; Attitude; Inclusion.

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