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Assessing learners with special needs in physical education

Neža Lončar (2015) Assessing learners with special needs in physical education. MSc thesis.

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    Pupils with special needs are involved in various educational programmes; their assessment needs to be adapted in line with the personal education plan. In this respect, teachers are required to take into account the standards of knowledge from the curriculum and encourage the pupils' stronger areas as well as their interest in lifelong sports activities. Learning goals need to be constantly adapted to the individual yet remain aligned with general goals and the personal education plan. However, personal education plans for pupils with special needs lack concrete guidelines about adapting the assessment for physical education. The goal of the master's thesis was to determine whether first cycle teachers and physical education teachers who work with pupils with special needs in the first and second triad adapt the assessment criteria for physical education and thus attain the goals of the personal plan, or do they assess all the children by the same criteria. The master's thesis consists of a theoretical and an empirical part. The empirical part was based on the quantitative empirical method of pedagogical research. The sample comprised 86 first cycle teachers and physical education teachers who taught physical education during the 2014/2015 school year in grades 1–5 that also involved a pupil with special needs. The data was processed with basic descriptive statistics of variables. The findings indicate that the main knowledge assessment goals for pupils with special needs are to motivate and encourage them to be active at school and to forward information about their development and progress. As for the assessment, teachers mainly focus on the progress the pupil has made. In addition, the assessment criteria seem to be insufficiently adapted to the pupil's special needs. To this end, our results could encourage first cycle and physical education teachers as well as everyone else involved in the educational process involving pupils with special needs to be as flexible as possible at what they do, try to attain the goals of the personal education plan, and encourage the pupil's comprehensive development despite his disabilities and disorders.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: pupils with special needs, physical education, assessment, personal education plan, assessment criteria
    Number of Pages: 71
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Vesna ŠtembergerMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Tjaša FilipčičComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10746697)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 3157
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 11:42
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 14:09
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/3157

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