Strategies to Increase Self-, Student, and Discipline Advocacy in Adapted Physical Education

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While sharing some characteristics with their general physical education colleagues, adapted physical educators also face unique challenges related to their role. For example, both general and adapted physical education teachers encounter stress stemming from the marginalized nature of their discipline but may navigate such experiences differently. Adapted physical education teachers often serve in itinerant roles travelling among multiple schools and may provide services for upwards of 100 students. They must also have a functional understanding of a wide variety of disabilities, individualize instruction for each student, collaborate with service providers across several schools, and be an active team member in the individualized education program process. As a result, they may need to advocate for themselves, their students, and the role of the discipline in different and unique ways. Drawing from research on general and adapted physical education teacher socialization, and available research-informed practices, the purpose of this paper is to describe the unique stressors associated with teaching adapted physical education and strategies they may implement as part of local advocacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-62
Number of pages11
JournalTeaching Exceptional Children
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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