Independent Study in Disability Topics
Special Educational Needs - Adapted Physical Activity
3rd Cycle Studies
Face-to-face teaching method with lectures organized in a conference model. Students are encouraged to participate in the discussion and present their own ideas as well as to interact with the different actors of the teaching-learning process. Students are also encouraged through active learning to read summarized bibliographic resources, articles and book chapters, in a minimum of 15 articles in English (15x4 hours) and 5 articles in Portuguese (5x2 hours). It is assumed that an article in English requires 4 hours of reading and an article in Portuguese 2 hours.
The course covers a wide range of issues associated with disability and related to sports and exercise, providing the student contact with different lines of research undertaken at the Faculty in order to develop their research curiosity, to increase their reflexivity and argumentation capacity as well as to develop the following skills:
 Critical thinking
 Formulation of research questions
 Transform a research question in to a research project
 Search and analyze, methodically, the bibliographical sources, using appropriate electronic tools
 Analyze and define methodologies
 Make choices in terms of data analysis and processing
 Present and discuss the results.
As part of the course the following topics will be discussed:
 Adapted Sport as a vehicle for socialization and inclusion of people with disabilities
 Attitudes towards disability in contexts of Adapted Physical Activity
 Exercise and Mental Health: Determinants and psychological benefits associated to practice and evidence for the use of exercise as preventive and therapeutic tool
 Preparation for Paralympic Sport: What resources in terms of evaluation and monitoring?
 Evidence for the importance of doing sport in groups with disabilities
 Major psychological determinants in elite athletes with disabilities: Implications in terms of performance
 Anxiety and motivation in basketball players with and without disabilities.
José Pedro Leitão Ferreira
Development of a systematic review: 100.0%
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