Reflecting on Inclusion as a Subjective Experience

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Justin Haegele, Old Dominion University

Date: December 1, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm (EST)

Location: Education Building, Multipurpose Room 1106 and Virtual (Zoom)

Since its introduction into educational vernacular, inclusion has become an international buzzword that now underpins educational policy and practice. However, the meaning of the term inclusion is contentious, and appears to change depending on the context in which it is used. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss inclusion as a subjective experience, and the implications this orientation has on research and practice. He will then provide a detailed overview of his research which has focused on amplifying the voices of persons with disabilities to understand, from their perspective, their experiences with inclusion. The presentation with conclude with a discussion about how to move educational research forward utilizing this conceptualization.


Justin A. Haegele is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences at Old Dominion University. His research focuses within the interdisciplinary field of adapted physical activity, with a primary interest in examining how individuals with disabilities, more specifically those with visual impairments or autism spectrum disorder, experience physical activity participation. Dr. Haegele has received several awards designated for emerging scholars in physical education and adapted physical activity, including the David P. Beaver Young Scholar Award from the National Consortium of Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities, the Mabel Lee Award from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), the Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award from the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education, and the Elly D. Friedmann Young Professional Award from the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. He is also a Research Fellow with the Research Council of SHAPE. Currently, Dr. Haegele serves as Associate Editor for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly and Quest.

Justin HaegeleDr. Justin Haegele
Associate Professor in Human Movement Sciences at Old Dominion University


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