Tuesday, May 4, 2021

ISAPA 2021: An international perspective

 Welcome back to the What's New in Adapted Physical Education (APE) podcast/blog page! In today's very special episode we had an interview with Drs. Pauli Rintala (University of Jyväskylä) and Kwok Ng (University of Eastern Finland and University of Limerick) about the International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) and the field of adapted physical activity (APA) at an international level. Dr. Rintala is a professor in the sport science department and currently the senior editor of the European Journal of APA. In addition to these roles, Dr. Rintala also serves as the hair of the organizing committee for ISAPA 2021. Dr. Ng is a professor in Health Promotion and Adapted Physical Activity. He is the European Representative of IFAPA and Vice President of the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. Follow Dr. Kwok Ng @kwokwng. Also follow @ISAPA2021 and @ifapanet for updates about IFAPA and the upcoming ISAPA conference.


IFAPA is an organization of adapted physical activity professionals and students from all around the world. Currently, IFAPA is working on expanding their webpage to help promote their goals of disseminating information about conferences, programs, research studies, and other news related to APA. The long term goal of IFAPA is to create an international network of researchers for collaboration to advance the field of APA, which is discussed in the podcast.


Also discussed in this podcast is the ISAPA, which acts under IFAPA, which will be held online, and will be from June 15th through 18th. This year’s theme is Quality Partnerships in Adapted Physical Activity: Stronger Together. The goal for ISAPA is to bring international researchers together to share their research in hopes of learning about what is going on in other countries. This podcast covers IFAPA and ISAPA, the international perspectives gained from attending ISAPA, how this years ISAPA will be unique, and changes in ISAPA overtime. For more information on IFAPA, you can visit their website at: http://ifapa.netIf you are interested in the 2021 ISAPA, check out their website at: https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/isapa2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

101 on teaching children with visual impairments in PE

Hello listeners and viewers! In this special episode, we had Dr. Lauren Liberman from SUNY Brockport college to discuss how to teach students with visual impairments (VI) in a physical education setting. Dr. Lauren Lieberman is a a Distinguished Service Professor in the area of adapted physical education. Prior to graduate school, she taught at the Perkins School for the Blind in the Deafblind program for five years. In addition, Dr. Lieberman founded and currently runs Camp Abilities, a sports camp for children with VI, each summer in Brockport, NY. She has helped start fourteen Camp Abilities programs in the United States and other countries.

Specifically in this podcast, we discuss the different types of VI and how this may affect their physical education experiences, teaching strategies specific to working with children with VI, and applying universal design principles with students with VI. The direction of this podcast discuss was guided by a chapter written by Dr. Liberman in the Winnick and Porretta textbook called "Adapted Physical Education and Sport".

In addition, please click this link to access a transcript of this podcast interview. I am going to begin to add transcripts to older podcasts as well!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Questioning Inclusion: Dr. Justin Haegele's Keynote Lecture

Hello all and welcome to another episode of What's New in APE! For this episode, I am able to share a recent keynote lecture that occurred at my university (the University of Northern Iowa), where Dr. Justin Haegele spoke to our college of education about children with disabilities' experiences with inclusion in a physical education setting. Dr. Justin Haegele (@Justin_Haegele) is an associate professor at Old Dominion University, an accomplished researcher in the field of adapted physical activity, and a frequent guest on this podcast. Below is a blurb about his keynote lecture from the Carlton-Melichamp Lecture in Education website (click here to see more).

"Since its introduction into educational vernacular, inclusion has become an international buzzword that now underpins educational policy and practice. However, the meaning of the term inclusion is contentious, and appears to change depending on the context in which it is used. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss one conceptualization of inclusion, as a subjective experience, and the implications this orientation has on research and practice. He will then provide a detailed overview of his research which has focused on amplifying the voices of persons with disabilities to understand, from their perspective, their experiences with inclusion. The presentation with conclude with a discussion about how to move educational research forward utilizing this conceptualization". 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Justice Pedagogy & Revisiting Race In Adapted Physical Education

Welcome to the blog portion of the What's New in APE podcast platform! In this episode we discuss justice pedagogy and the need for diversity and representation within the field of PE/APE. This podcast features three panelists from The Ohio State University, which included Dr. Samuel Hodge who is a full professor of physical education and adapted physical education, and two of his PhD candidates: Thomas Wilson and Ross Jordan. Specifically within this podcast the panelists discuss their experiences of living as Black Americans and how this experience constantly shapes their perceptions and lived experiences. In addition, we define and discuss the importance of justice pedagogy, as well as the need to have continued discussions about race and intersectional identities within a variety of spaces within the field of PE/APE. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Contact Theory Applied to APA Service Learning Programs

Welcome to the blog portion of the What's New in APE podcast platform! In this episode we discuss service learning programs (where college students work with individuals with disabilities in a physical activity setting) within college APA programs, and how contact theory is applied to these experiences. Contact theory holds that sustained and meaningful contact between two groups can help to promote acceptance and tolerance (Allport, 1954). To guide this discussion, we had three panelists who have run these programs and conducted research on the topic: Dr. Cathy McKay an assistant professor at James Madison University, Dr. Andrea Taliaferro an associate professor at West Virginia University, and Layne Case a doctoral student who is finishing up her dissertation at Oregon State University. Specifically within this podcast we define contact theory and discuss its application to service learning programs in APA settings, how one could best apply contact theory to their service learning programs, and how in-service teachers might be able to apply aspects of contact theory to their own classroom.  

Below is an article written by Dr. Cathy McKay on the topic of using contact theory

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

o Adapted Physical Activity from a Public Health Lens

Hello APE Viewers! I recently had the opportunity to sit down with two scholars who recently authored a chapter in the textbook "Routledge Handbook of Adapted Physical Education" called Public Health Research. These scholars included Dr. Byron Lai, an assistant professor within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Dr. Heidi Stanish an associate professor of Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Within their co-authored chapter, they define public health as "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and prompting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals" (Winslow, 1920, p. 30). During this podcast episode we discuss the relationship between public health and adapted physical activity (APA) and the existing research related to physical activity and sedentary behaviors among people with disabilities that currently exist. We also highlight the lack of research in these areas, what we can do with the research available, and why it is important to use a public health lens when promoting the field of APA and adapted physical education. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The development and vision of the Multi-Institution Adapted Physical Activity Mentorship Consortium

In our third installment of talking to those involved in the Multi-Institution Adapted Physical Activity (APA) Mentorship Consortium, we talk to two of the developers of the original idea for the consortium: Drs. Justin Haegele (Old Dominion University) and Joonkoo Yun (East Carolina University). Within this episode we discuss how they developed the idea for the consortium, the need for more quality research in the field of APA, how they secured funding for the program, and where they see this consortium going in the coming years. 

As mentioned in previous posts, the Multi-Institution APA Mentorship Consortium is beginning to train 28 high quality and competent scholars at the doctoral degree level at nine universities across the country, to serve as higher education faculty, and train pre-service physical education teachers and related service professionals to appropriately educate youth with disabilities. This training will occur through coursework, practicum, a consortium-wide enrichment program, community based service-learning programs, and research engagement. This consortium includes East Carolina University, Georgia State University, Ohio State University, Old Dominion University, Oregon State University, Texas Women’s University, University of Delaware, University of Virginia, and West Virginia University. Click here to find out more about the consortium.

You can also follow updates from the consortium on Twitter: @AdaptedPA