Curricular Adaptations in Physical Education Classes Involving Students with Visual Impairements

Camila de Moura COSTA Mey de Abreu van MUNSTER About the authors


As a compulsory curricular component of basic education, Physical Education should enable students with disabilities to access the mainstream curriculum. This research aims to analyze and describe the adaptations in the basic elements of the common curriculum, employed by Physical Education teachers, focused on the participation of students with visual impairments. Under a qualitative perspective, it is a field study developed in three schools of the regular school system in a city located in the State of São Paulo. The sample consisted of three Physical Education teachers who worked in elementary schools and four students with visual impairements. The data were collected through systematic observation techniques and semi-structured interview. The data analysis was based on content analysis. The results obtained in this research showed the lack and even absence of curricular adaptations focusing the needs of the students with visual impairements in Physical Education classes. It is concluded that the absence of curricular adaptations in Physical Education classes implies access barriers and prevent students with visual impairements from learning.

Special Education; Physical Education; School Inclusion; Visual Impairments

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