Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology and Health Science

Department name when degree awarded

Physical Education

Committee Chair(s)

H. B. Hunsaker


H. B. Hunsaker


During the past fifty years physical education has emphasized such objectives as strength, health, recreation and education. Emphasis in physical education has been influenced by educational, economic and political conditions.

As a result of these influences, the physical education programs have gone through various stages of development and change. During certain periods we have had calisthenics, dance, sports, games, and various combinations of these activities. During the past few years, leaders in the field have endeavored to effect a program of study in physical education to be used as a guide for teachers in that profession.

Three years ago, the state department of education appointed a representative committee to write a state course of study in physical education for the secondary schools of Utah. Standards in policy, administration and programs were established. Courses of study were sent to superintendents, principals, and teachers of physical education, and many conferences were held with members of all three groups in attendance. Regardless of these efforts, it is believed by the writer that the high school physical education program of freshman girls at the Utah State Agricultural College is below the acceptable minimum standards.

To evaluate this hypothesis, it was decided to take a group of entering freshman girls at the U. S. A. C. in 1948 and evaluate their high school physical education program against selected basic criteria such as physical examinations, credit earned in physical education, years in physical education, days per week in physical education, intramural sports, non-school sports participation, and the activities taken in physical education.