Muhamad Bram Riyadi, S. Sugiyanto, M. Furqon Hidayatullah


This study aims to (1) Obtain the phenomenon overview of mentally retarded students in everyday life. (2) Determine the motion behaviors of mentally retarded students outside and inside physical education activities. (3) Figure out the mentally retarded students’ ability in joining the activities of physical education and any obstacles faced by them. (4) Figure out how teachers give the treatments to mentally retarded students while they are doing sports activities in physical education. (5) Figure out the activities of physical education for students’ self-developments. Subject of this research are mentally retarded students at Special Education School with Multiple Disabilities of Bina Sejahtera Surakarta. This study was using qualitative methods Life story-Case Study with four criteria used; the degree of confidence (credibility), transferability, dependability, and certainty (conformability). The degree of confidence was examined by using triangulation of data from the informant who was considered as a person who was close enough to the mentally retarded students. The analysis in this study was carried out within five stages, namely: (1) data reduction, (2) data display, (3) conclusion drawing, (4) results validity enhancement and (5) narrative analysis results. The results of this research show that physical education can be a medium for mentally retarded students’ personal development, which includes some aspects of them, such as; physical education is proven to enhance the students’ concentrations and focuses, increase their self-confidences and physical activities can help students to interact socially well and improve their self-developments.


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