Marketable features of adapted physical education and therapeutic recreation careers in the public schools

Jia Bei ZHANG, Shihui CHEN

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the marketable features of adapted physical education (APE) and therapeutic recreation (TR) careers in the public schools within the USA. Eight types of data sets were used: APE teachers employed, TR specialists employed, students with disabilities enrolled, APE teachers needed, TR specialists needed, federal funds for APE programs, federal funds for TR programs, and APE and TR degrees awarded. These data were analyzed in the best-fitted trends, descriptive statistics, and correlation coefficients. The results revealed that school APE career has been a growing market while the school TR career has been a decreasing market between 1984-85 and 1996-97, where in the shortage of APE and TR personnel exited. The associations between APE and TR personnel employed and federal dollars funded for APE and TR programs existed between 1984-84 and 1995-96. Copyright © 2004 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal perspectives in the integration of physical activity, sports, dance, and exercise science in physical education: From theory to practice
EditorsMing-Kai CHIN, Larry D. HENSLEY, Paulette COTE, Shi-Hui CHEN
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherDept. of Physical Education and Sports Science, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Pages399-410
ISBN (Print)9628468189
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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physical education
recreation
career
school
personnel
market
teacher
descriptive statistics
dollar
shortage
disability
trend

Citation

Zhang, J.-B., & Chen, S.-H. (2004). Marketable features of adapted physical education and therapeutic recreation careers in the public schools. In M.-K. Chin, L. D. Hensley, P. Cote, & S. Chen (Eds.), Global perspectives in the integration of physical activity, sports, dance, and exercise science in physical education: From theory to practice (pp. 399-410). Hong Kong: Dept. of Physical Education and Sports Science, The Hong Kong Institute of Education.