Development of a research taxonomy for adapted physical activity




Carano, Sharon

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The purpose of this study was fourfold to develop an Adapted Physical Activity Taxonomy (APAT). Purpose one was to determine through a systematic literature search to identify research taxonomies. Purpose two was to identify categories and criteria present within published research taxonomies. Based on the findings of the literature search, purpose three was to identify what categories and criteria are needed in the APAT. Purpose four was to determine the inter-rater reliability (IRR) of the APAT. A modified mixed method process was used in a meta-framework design (Onwuegbuzie et al., 2010). After an in depth literature search this is the first research investigation designed to develop an Adapted Physical Activity Taxonomy. An expert panel participated in the Delphi Survey to identify the categories and criteria included in the APAT. The present investigator could not determine IRR because the return rate was insufficient for statistical analysis; therefore, the findings were inconclusive.



Health and environmental sciences, Education, Adapted physical activity, Evidence-based practice, Level of recommendation, Mixed method, Research, Strength of quality