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Effect of group size on the participation of students with mild intellectual disability in physical education

V. A.; Walkley Temple, J. W.,

2002

With increased numbers of students with intellectual disability included in the general classroom environment, teachers need to consider grouping practices that meet the needs of all students. This study examined the effect of group size on the engagement of students with a mild intellectual disability (MID) and their peers without a disability (WOD) while practicing skills. The study involved 24 MID students and 48 WOD students from 19 government primary and secondary schools in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.Comparisons of MID and WOD students showed that MID children engaged in a significantly less motor appropriate activity when working individually or in pairs and in significantly more motor inappropriate behaviour than WOD children in four group sizes. MID children were also significantly more off-task than WOD children when working alone, in pairs or in groups of three or four.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : ACHPER Australia Healthy Lifestyles Journal

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education, Social relationships

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