Title

Cooperative learning in the inclusive physical education setting: a case study

RIS ID

38805

Publication Details

Dowler, W., Dixon, R. M. Rowland, G. S. (2010). Cooperative learning in the inclusive physical education setting: a case study. In R. Gillies M. Boyle (Eds.), IASCE 2010 Conference Papers: Cooperative Learning: Pedagogy, Policy and Practice (pp. 1-17). Brisbane: The International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE) 2010.

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the development and implementation of a six-week cooperative learning intervention in a secondary school inclusive physical education class that included a student with a mild intellectual disability. The social interaction behaviours of this student with her peers were the dependent variables for analysis. Participants were a 14year old female student with a mild intellectual disability, 26 of her peers without a disability and the Head Physical and Health Education teacher. Data were gathered through interviews, focus groups, observation and a teacher journal. The following themes emerged from the study and were analysed utilising Contact Theory (Allport, 1979): a) group selection, b) preparing for cooperative learning, c) activity design and implementation of cooperative learning d) support of the student with a mild intellectual disability, and e) cooperative learning resources. Recommendations for future research and practice are explored.

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