Faculty Publications and Presentations

Attitudes of Pre-service Physical Educators at a Faith-based University toward Individuals with Disabilities

James E. Schoffstall, Liberty University
Beth E. Ackerman, Liberty University

Document Type Article

Schoffstall, J. and Ackerman, B. (2007, August). Attitudes of pre-service physical educators at faith based university towards individuals with disabilities. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 28, 183-193.


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an undergraduate adapted physical education course on the attitudes of pre-service physical educators toward individuals with disabilities using the Physical Educators Attitude toward Teaching Individuals with Disabilities, third edition. The participants for this study were 108 students enrolled in undergraduate adapted physical education courses at a faith-based university. Statistically significant differences were found between the participants’ pre- and post-intervention attitudinal scores on all measured areas. There were no statistically significant differences in the attitudinal scores based on the respondents either enrolling in both the lecture course and the laboratory, or alone enrolling in the lecture course. Surveys indicated other findings as well.