Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Caseloads of Public School Adapted Physical Educators in the United States

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Caseloads of Public School Adapted Physical Educators in the United States

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Although IDEA guaranteed students with disabilities a right to physical education, it did not define "qualified" in terms of who should provide physical education or in terms of what would be reasonable parameters for quality instruction such as caseloads, class sizes, or the amount of instructional time provided. This study was designed to investigate the caseloads, service delivery modes, and instructional time allocations for adapted physical education instruction provided by certified adapted physical educators (CAPEs). A web-based survey was used and had a 77% return rate. The participants were a national sample of 139 CAPEs, 100 women and 39 men, representing 31 states. The mean age of the teachers was 41.2 years (range: 23-61 years). All the teachers reported having a bachelor's degree, 83% had a master's degree, and 3% had a doctoral degree in physical education or a related field. The sample had a mean of 13.7 years teaching experience in general physical education and a mean of 11.4 years teaching experience in adapted physical education (APE). The majority of the sample reported serving multiple education levels with 39% reporting working at the preschool level, 86% at the elementary school level, 70% at the middle/ junior high school level, and 70% at the secondary/high school level. Analysis of the data revealed the sample was contracted to work for an average of 37. …

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