Campus recreation inclusion for people with disabilities: a qualitative investigation of current inclusive practices.
Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, PhD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Greenwell, T. Christopher
Greenwell, T. Christopher
disability studies; campus recreation; universal design; critical disability theory; inclusion; diversity
This study investigated the current practices of campus recreation professionals to create inclusive campus recreation programs, services, and facilities. The researcher identified twelve campus recreation programs known by their peers and the industry to be at the forefront of providing inclusion efforts to people with disabilities. Through in-depth discussions with campus recreation practitioners at the twelve identified institutions, the investigation elicited a variety of interesting results. Utilizing the frameworks of Critical Disability Theory and Universal Design, this investigation identified how campus recreation practitioners perceive the inclusiveness of their campus recreation departments and how the campus recreation practitioners developed their inclusive practices. After interviewing the twelve campus recreation practitioners, the researcher was able to analyze how they perceived the inclusiveness of their campus recreation departments in order to address research question one. The campus recreation practitioners discussed a variety of ways in which their campus recreation departments provided inclusive facilities, services, and programming. This discussion generated the themes of diversity and inclusion effort, disability inclusion, and gender inclusion in response to the perceived inclusiveness of their campus recreation department. In the campus recreation practitioners’ responses to research question two, the campus recreation discussed how they determined their inclusive practices and policies. The discussion led to the themes of policy source, assessments and surveys, and personnel involved. Through analyzing the campus recreation practitioners’ responses to the research questions, the researcher was able to identify relationships to Critical Disability Theory, Universal Design, and the literature discussed in this study.
Spencer, Tyler C., "Campus recreation inclusion for people with disabilities: a qualitative investigation of current inclusive practices." (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3313.
Accessibility Commons, Disability Studies Commons, Leisure Studies Commons, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration Commons