Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Human Movement Sciences


Curriculum and Instruction -- Physical Education

Committee Director

Justin A. Haegele

Committee Member

Xihe Zhu

Committee Member

Robert Case


The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of physical education teachers toward teaching Zumba to children with disabilities during physical education classes. Sixty-two physical education (PE) teachers (Mean Age = 42.13, 15 males, 47 females) participated in this cross-sectional survey design study. The survey data was analyzed using Pearson correlation methods, independent t tests, and the Cronbach’s coefficient technique to measure correlation, variance between participants, and the reliability and validity of the survey. Findings indicated that physical education teachers believed that teaching students Zumba in PE class would be beneficial and effective for students with disabilities. This included those who lacked experience teaching Zumba to those with disabilities in this context. The results of this study may help inform school systems of benefits of Zumba, and perhaps encourage them to fund PE teachers to attain their Zumba certification.


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