Mainstreaming: the perpetual dilemma of the physical education teacher
The efficacy of mainstreaming has been noted in many studies which have highlighted among other things, improvement of self-esteem, reduction of stigma, increased social interaction and improved skill development. Based on these studies various countries have implemented programmes for mainstreaming continues to pose challenges for physical education teachers locally and abroad. There has been an apriori assumption by administrators that once intellectual and social considerations have been made then such learners mainstreamed in Physical Education will cope. In this article, a survey of problems physical education teachers in Kenya face when implementing a mainstreamed programme are .discussed. Of critical importance are the criteria for placement used, number of Physical Education lessons offered to learners with handicapping conditions, P.E. teachers' attitudes towards mainstreamed learners, experience of the teacher with learners having handicapping conditions and adaptation of facilities and activities.