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Scholars Day: April 9, 2014

Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) in General Physical Education

This project is an investigation into pre-service teachers' perceptions of teaching children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) in general physical education. Currently, there is a lack of literature related to this particular topic. Specifically, the foci for this project include how pre-service teachers regard their level of self-efficacy of these learners and how this level impacts their ability to teach children with ASD and EBD. It has been suggested that general education teachers who believe they can successfully instruct students that have learning or behavioral problems, are more likely to include such students in their classroom, compared to teachers who doubt their ability to instruct and/or motivate these students (Brownell & Pajares, 1999; Ashton & Webb, 1986). Secondarily, this investigation will examine the nature and depth of the training pre-service teachers receive during their undergraduate physical education program and their perceptions of how this training has prepared them to work with these groups within the general physical education setting.


Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Maebh Barry (Graduate Student)
Topic: Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 9 am Session I