Parental expectations of adapted physical educators: A hispanic perspective

Luis Columna, Jean Pyfer, Terry Senne, Luisa Velez, Nancy Bridenthrall, Maria Yolanda Canabal

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the perspectives of Hispanic parents of children with disabilities regarding adapted physical education (APE) professionals in relationship to their child's purposeful play and transition to school programming. Participants (N = 11) were Hispanic parents of children with disabilities. Parents participated in one-on-one interviews in their preferred language (Spanish or English). Transcripts were analyzed through a constant comparative analysis. Three themes emerged from the data: (a) qualified APE professionals, (b) challenges for the family, and (c) normalcy. These themes were supported by subthemes. The results indicated that Hispanic families were not as familiar with APE services as Caucasian families were. Parental expectations among Hispanic parents were similar to Caucasian parents, but the preference for modes of communication and information differed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-246
Number of pages19
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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    Columna, L., Pyfer, J., Senne, T., Velez, L., Bridenthrall, N., & Canabal, M. Y. (2008). Parental expectations of adapted physical educators: A hispanic perspective. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 25(3), 228-246. https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.25.3.228