Date Approved

6-25-2018

Embargo Period

6-27-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Second Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Subject(s)

Developmentally disabled; College sports; Inclusive education

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education | Health and Physical Education | Higher Education

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to explore the impact of participation with Rowan Unified Sports on student volunteers through the lens of transformative learning. Data were collected from 14 participants who were individually interviewed, answering items on demographics as well as their experience and learning through their participation with Rowan Unified Sports. Data analysis suggested evidence of transformative learning as a result of participating with Unified Sports. Participants shared changing perspectives in areas such as intellectual, social, and athletic capabilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Participants also articulated application of this understanding to their everyday life. In other words, participants translated their learning to areas outside of Unified Sports. Participants expressed understanding of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance of individuals whether or not they have an intellectual disability.

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