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Content Analysis of Adapted Physical Education Dissertations and Theses in Taiwan: 1993~2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the research issues for adapted physical education dissertations and theses in Taiwan. Taiwan started to promote adapted physical education since "The 5-year Development and Improvement Program for Special Education" was campaigned by Ministry of Education in 1992. The research scopes were relatively broad. Data of this study were includes 137 volumes of theses and dissertations of adapted physical education obtained from "National Electronic Theses and Dissertations System" and "Electronic Theses and Dissertations System for Universities of Education" dated from 1993 to 2009. The keywords used were adapted physical education, special physical education and handicap physical education. For understanding the development trend of this research, content analysis method was conducted based on time, source type, research topic, research method and research participant through coding and categorizing. The main findings of this study were as follows: 1. The number of adapted physical education dissertations were increased with double digits from 2001 to 2008. 2. National Taiwan Normal University and National Taiwan College of Physical Education led in the quantity of dissertations and theses with 55 and 10 volumes respectively. 3. The most research topics were those in teaching field (72 volumes) and others (31 volumes); 4. The most frequently used research methods were experimental designs (40 volumes) and questionnaires (39 volumes); 5. Participants were mostly person with intellectual disability (48 volumes), others (18 volumes) and physical disabilities (16 volumes). In conclusion, it is suggested that to increase the number of doctoral dissertations and extend the diversity of research issue.
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