Adapted Physical Activity

November 1, 2004

KINE 307 Adapted Physical Activity

Instructor: Kevin Taylor, Ph.D.
Office: 43 374
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 2:10-3pm; Wednesday 9:10-11 am
Email address: jktaylor@calpoly.edu
Class Hour: Tuesday & Thursday 3:10 4:30pm
Units: 4 (3 Lectures, 1 Lab)
Telephone: 756-1785

Required Texts
1. Kine 307 Course Materials available at El Corral in the University Union.
2. Albom, M. (1997) Tuesdays with Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson.
3. Appropriate Lab Manual Where Applicable: Friday Club; EyeCycle and Adapted Paddling

Course Objectives
By the end of this course students will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

(a) knowledge of the purposes, goals, domains and outcomes of adapted physical activity with the ability to communicate these to others
(b) knowledge of the characteristics often associated with major categories of disabling conditions
(c) knowledge of legislative mandates, the referral process, assessment and special services
(d) understanding and appreciation of the various problems involved in the individual’s adjustment to a disability (social and psychological)
(e) sensitivity toward the needs of special populations
(f) an understanding for the importance of viewing people with disabilities from an individual differences or social minority perspective instead of a traditional medical perspective
(g) an understanding of the importance of physical activity as it relates to specific impairments.

Course Requirements and Evaluation Requirements

1. For their own safety, students must wear appropriate footwear and clothing for all activity sessions both on and off the University Campus.

2. It is expected that you will wear clothing appropriate for a professional physical activity specialist. Please refrain from wearing any clothing with graphics or print that may be interpreted as containing discriminatory slogans, sexual innuendo, or alcohol/drug/tobacco advertising or promotion.

3. This course is designed in part to prepare people to teach/lead physical activity. It is necessary that students participate fully in practical activity sessions in order to deepen their understanding of the different activities from the perspective of a learner as well as a teacher.

Evaluation

1. Tuesdays with Morrie Reflection. Students will be required to answer a series of open ended questions designed to stimulate reflection upon their impressions and interpretations of the book Tuesdays with Morrie. 100 points

2. Sensory Deprivation Exercises. Students will be required to complete a series of exercises in which they assume certain disabilities and then explore the process of coping with those disabilities. Students will answer questions designed to stimulate reflection upon their experiences. 50 points

3. Disability Project & Presentation. Students will divide the class into groups of no more than three people. Each group will select a “specific population of need” or a disability sport/physical activity organization. Each group must produce a detailed handout to be shared with the rest of the class. In addition to producing their detailed handout students will make a presentation on their chosen topic to the rest of the class. Projects & Presentations are peer evaluated. 100 points

4. Service Learning Laboratory. Students must complete at least 30 hours working in a physical activity setting with people who are disabled in some way. In view of the diverse backgrounds and interests of the students that are required to take this class, a wide variety of service learning practicum experiences are being made available. Although a great deal of guidance and assistance will be provided by the instructor, each student is responsible for setting up and completing his or her own practicum experience. 200 points

5. Exams. A mid term and a final exam will be set, each exam will be based upon material either presented in-class or taken from the course text. Exams will consist of predominantly short answer questions; both exams will be worth 100 points each. 200 points

650 points total

Adapted Paddling Program Laboratory Course Outline

Course Description
In the Lab portion of Kine 307 you are required to complete 30 hours of practical work during which time you will apply concepts and theory covered in Kine 307 lectures, readings and assignments. You will work in an applied adapted physical activity setting that is pertinent to your personal interests and current career aspirations. There is no substitute for practical experience in Adapted Physical Activity programming, hence the intent of this experience is that you will “learn by doing.” In the Adapted Paddling Program Lab, you will work with volunteer paddling instructors and physical therapists who will train you to become an assistant instructor teaching people with mobility impairment to paddle.

A. Learning Outcomes
During the course of completing the Kine 307 Lab, students will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

(a) knowledge of the purposes, goals, domains and outcomes of an applied adapted physical activity setting, with the ability to communicate these to others
(b) the ability to work effectively as a professional or para professional in an applied adapted physical activity setting
(c) an understanding and appreciation of the various problems involved in the individual’s adjustment to a disability (social and psychological)
(d) the ability to demonstrate sensitivity toward the needs of special populations
(e) an understanding for the importance of viewing people with disabilities from an individual differences or social minority perspective instead of a traditional medical perspective
(f) an understanding of the importance of physical activity as it relates to people with specific disabilities.
(g) the ability to use appropriate non offensive language when communicating in an adapted physical activity setting.

B. Course Content

Week 1 – Registration

Week 2 – Seminar: Introduction to the program, review lab manual & discuss training and program implementation

Week 3 – Seminar: Quiz over content of lab manual. Preparation for training weekend.

Training Weekend: Meet Saturday morning at Crandall for training in pool and classroom, then Sunday meet at Morro Bay/Avila Beach depending on conditions and tides for open water training.

Week 4 – Seminar: Meet to review training and make final preparations for the implementation of the program.

Week 5 – Adapted Paddling Program: Meet at Crandall before participants arrive to organize boats and adaptation materials and prepare to meet and greet the participants. Paddle program will last from 8-4 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday.

Week 8 – Turn in reflective journals

C. Course Design

As a core class in the Kinesiology major, Kine 307 typically includes students with a broad range of career goals, hence it is important for this practicum to be flexible and where possible be adapted to meet your individual needs. All students are expected to participate in the selection and design of their own service learning experience to ensure that the experience is individually relevant and meaningful. Those students headed into public school teaching positions should look for a practicum that involves working in the public schools. If your career path is not in die public schools or is perhaps still unclear then select a practicum experience that will fit your schedule and provide you the maximum possible hands on experience.

The Kine 307 Lab is designed to build upon the content and experiences gained in lecture. The pedagogy of “Experiential Learning” will be employed extensively throughout the course to ensure that students are afforded the opportunity to apply knowledge gleaned from lectures and assigned readings along with extensive personal reflection. Within an applied adapted physical activity setting, students will attempt to appreciate the perspective of someone with a disability. “Perspective taking” is an important professional skill that will enhance an individual’s ability to work effectively with people within a given professional domain.

By working in one of the lab opportunities associated with this class students will participate in the provision of adapted physical activity programming to some portion of the local community of people with disabilities. It is intended that by working closely with individuals who have some form of disability, students will learn to emphasize and appreciate the human being first and their ability second. This objective can only truly be achieved through the integration of knowledge and personal reflection in the applied lab setting provided.

Experiential Learning Reflection Activity

1. Guidelines: Based upon your reading and the content of Kine 307 lectures and in class discussions, generate a list of ten guidelines for interacting with individuals who are disabled that you will follow throughout the Adapted Paddling Program. Your list of guidelines is due to your lab instructor at the start of the first day of your training weekend. 20 points

2. Interview Questions: At an appropriate time during the course of the Adapted Paddling Program discuss the following questions with one or more of the participants:
(a) What made you sign up for the Adapted Paddling Program?
(b) Does the thought of paddling in open water, like the estuary at Morro Bay, worry you?
(c) Were your family and friends worried when you told them you were going to take a paddling class and paddle on open water?
Summarize the responses you received when you asked participants the above questions. Your interview assignment will be due a week after the Adapted Paddling Program is complete. It must be typed and clearly organized into three sections, each corresponding to one of the three interview questions. Your assignment must be turned in on time in order to receive credit. 30 points

3. Reflective Questions: Based upon the answers you received to your interview questions, and upon your observations and experience during the Adapted Paddling Program, answer the following questions as fully as possible. Your answer to each question will be evaluated out of 15 points (5 points for Content, 5 points for Discussion, and 5 points for Analysis):
(a) What evidence did you observe that one or more of the participants had been “conditioned” by societal expectations about people with disabilities? Give specific examples and explain why the evidence you present represents an example of social forces impacting the individual’s behavior.
(b) For the specific individual that you worked with in the paddling program, identify some of the potential benefits of sustained participation in physical activity.
(c) For the specific individual that you worked with in the paddling program, describe in detail all modifications and adaptations that were made to accommodate that individual’s disability.
(d) For the specific individual that you worked with in the paddle program, describe your initial impression of that individual and how your impressions changed as you got to know them throughout the program. 4 x 15 points = 60 points

4. Summary & Overall Reflection: Summarize your experience in the Adapted Paddling Program by answering the following questions:
1. What did you learn from this experience and how did it change you as a professional and as an individual?
2. Was this class (Kine 307) and lab a worthwhile learning experience for you? Briefly explain your answer. Minimum 200 words. 45 points

5. Supervisor’s Report: At the end of your lab experience the program coordinator will evaluate your practical contribution to the program by completing a “Supervisor’s Report” form. The report form will ask supervisors to evaluate your performance in the following areas: punctuality, dependability, degree of involvement, commitment to learning, and assuming responsibility. 45 point

Total 200 points

School: California Polytechnic State University
Professor: Kevin Taylor
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