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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Inclusion in Physical Education
Module Code SS321
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sarah Meegan
Semester 2: Sarah Meegan
Autumn: Sarah Meegan
Module TeachersSarah Meegan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to prepare students for working in the physical education and physical activity domain with individuals having special educational needs. The module will provide students with an understanding of inclusion as it relates to physical education and physical activity provision. The module will focus on the types of special educational needs and how they impact on physical education participation. Adaptation theory, participation barriers, as well as teaching supports to employ in the physical education class will be examined. Students will gain understanding in teaching physical education to students with special educational needs.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the policies and legislation relating to the education of children with special educational needs in Ireland with specific focus on physical education and physical activity policies
2. Explain the differences between inclusive and adapted physical education and distinguish how each construct can be applied in a mainstream physical education class
3. Explain the causes of various special educational needs and how they impact on physical education/physical activity participation
4. Recognise the barriers impacting on physical eduaction and physical activity participation among children with special educational needs
5. Examine adaptation theory and adaptation variables and how they relate to teaching children with special educational needs
6. Develop knowledge on delivering adapted physical education to children with special educational needs.
7. Demonstrate the following transferable skills: oral and written communication skills; intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis and problem solving; self management skills; and group work skills.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Class based instruction
Laboratory24Practical lessons with children with special educational needs
Independent Study89Independent learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Policy and legisation
Irish policy and legislation affecting inclusion in physical education

Specturm of special needs
Specturm of special needs in physical education

Best practice in physical education
Best practice in adapted and inclusive physical education delivery

Practical experience
Practical experience working with children with special educational needs

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reflective journalStudents critically reflect on thier weekly lessons and discuss issues that affected the lessons for both themselves and children with special needs10%Every Week
PresentationGroups will be allocated a disability/SEN population and a JC Short Course strand activity. The group presents how they will deliver a 45 minute inclusive PE class in a mainstream school, covering their chosen strand activity.30%Week 8
In Class TestIn-class test60%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Sherrill, C: 2004, Adapted Physical Activity, Recreation and Sport. Crossdisciplinary and Lifespan, 6, McGraw Hill, New York,
  • Lieberman, L.J. and Houston-Wilson, C: 2009, Strategies for Inclusion. A Handbook for Physical Educators, 2, Human Kinetics, United States,
  • Winnick, J.P. and Porreta, D.L.: 2016, Adapted Physical Education and Sport, 4, Human Kinetics, United States,
  • Block, M. E.: 2015, A Teacher's Guide to Adapted Physical Education: Including Students with Disabilities in Sports and Recreation, 4, Paul H. Brookes, Baltimore,
Other Resources

59049, Journal, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 0, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 59050, Journal, European Physical Education Review, 0, European Physical Education Review,
Programme or List of Programmes
PEBB.Sc Physical Education with Biology
PEMBSc in Physical Education with Maths.
Date of Last Revision24-JAN-12

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