Dr. Justin Haegele (Old Dominion University, US), in collaboration with Dr. Anthony Maher (Leeds Beckett University, UK) explore inclusion as an intersubjective experience in Physical Education (PE). Belonging, acceptance, and value are crucial for students to feel included in their educational environments. Dr. Haegele emphasizes the significance of creating inclusive spaces where students experience a genuine sense of connection and acceptance.
A discussion group of Fairfax County Public School’s adapted physical education (APE) program members; including Brad Weiner, Educational Specialist and APE teachers L.J. Pisciotta, and Matt Barker met with Dr. Haegele to explore the philosophy of inclusion. Their conversations led to creation an informative video. that provides an overview, delving into the concept of inclusion as an intersubjective experience. It highlights how students’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences play a central role in determining the inclusiveness of their PE classes.
By centering the voices and perspectives of disabled youth, Dr. Haegele’s study empowers students to shape the narrative around their experiences. The study strives to deepen our understanding of inclusion within integrated PE classes, ultimately contributing to the advancement of inclusive practices and fostering equitable educational environments.
Through this research, Dr. Haegele aims to create inclusive spaces where every student feels a genuine sense of belonging, acceptance, and value. By prioritizing the intersubjective experiences of students and utilizing engaging videos, the project seeks to drive positive change and promote a more inclusive educational system for all.
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more, please visit the Center for Movement, Health, & Disability at Old Dominion University website at https://ww1.odu.edu/eps/programs/cmhd
Or contact Justin Haegele at Jhaegele@odu.edu