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Master of Science (MS)


Health, Physical Education, and Recreation


Nolan “Red” Burnett


The purpose of this study was to compare the leadership potential of students from upper level division students majoring in Physical Education as compared to students majoring in Recreation. Two psychological tests were utilized to measure leadership potential between these groups. They were the Leadership Ability Evaluation and the Leadership Q-Sort Test, which yielded data in 12 variables. Analysis of this data revealed that there was significant difference at the .05 level in three of the twelve variables. A comparison of all means for the two tests favored the Recreation majors over the Physical Education majors in leadership potential. In the areas where measurable differences occurred it could aid the advisement process if leadership tests were to be administered at the beginning of college, so that the data could be used to help students consider their choice more carefully between Physical Education and Recreation as a major.