Physical Education Teachers and Their ICT Training Applied to Students with Disabilities. The Case of Spain
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AuthorFernández Batanero, José María; Sañudo, Borja; Montenegro-Rueda, Marta; García-Martínez, Inmaculada
Information and communication technologyDisabilityPhysical educationAccessibility
Fernández Batanero, J.M [et al.]. Physical Education Teachers and Their ICT Training Applied to Students with Disabilities. The Case of Spain. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2559; doi:10.3390/su11092559.
SponsorshipThe study has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, within the framework of the State Plan for the Promotion of Scientific and Technical Research of Excellence 2013–2016 (DIFOTICYD EDU2016 75232-P).
(1) Background: The introduction of Information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the area of Physical Education is a very recent phenomenon, and its implementation is a challenge for teachers in Spain. It implies pedagogic innovation for the improvement of the teaching and learning processes, especially for people with a disability (functional diversity). The aim of this study was to identify the degree of technological knowledge (ICT) of the physical education teachers for students with disabilities. (2) Methods: A sample of 341 Physical Education teachers from Spain volunteered for this cross-sectional study. A questionnaire named “DIFOTICyD”, created “ad hoc” was used as the data-gathering instrument. (3) Results: the results revealed the low training of the participants with respect to the use of the ICTs in the field of disability. The degree of training of the teachers was determined by the personal (gender, age), professional (teaching experience) and educational (training received) outcomes. (4) Conclusions: the findings of the study point to the need for didactic training that can be used to train the Physical Education teachers to use ICTs in order to facilitate the learning and educational innovation of students with disabilities.