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.
|Title of host publication||Global perspectives in the integration of physical activity, sports, dance, and exercise science in physical education: From theory to practice|
|Editors||Ming-Kai CHIN, Larry D. HENSLEY, Paulette COTE, Shi-Hui CHEN|
|Place of Publication||Hong Kong|
|Publisher||Dept. of Physical Education and Sports Science, The Hong Kong Institute of Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|