Author

Ray Watters

Date of Award:

1951

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Advisor/Chair:

H. B. Hunsaker

Abstract

The first organized program in physical education appeared in American colleges at the University of Virginia between the years 1850 and 1860. the first public school program appeared somewhat later. Since these beginnings, school and college programs have advanced steadily, keeping pace with our advancement in the philosophy of education and biological science. At the present time, almost all schools include physical education as an element in the curriculum. The primitive man undertook to teach physical education as a necessity of self-preservation. In more recent times, the Greeks, Romans, Swedes, and English are a few of the people who have played an important role in the development of physical education. These people and their influence have led to the establishment of organized physical education in our American schools. They have determined the theory and practices which are distributed throughout the human race. Today physcial education should undertake to teach skills in a variety of sports which promote wholesome self-expression and desirable social training in a democracy. The high school graudate, upon reaching the college level should have previously experienced a full, well-rounded program in physical education. It is the opinion of this writer that male sutdents entering the Utah State Agricultural College as freshmen have not been taught a variety of skills in a variety of sports. Therefore, it is the purpose of the present study to determine: (1) the physical education background of freshmen boys matriculating at the Utah State Agricultural College in the fall quarter of 1950, and (2) the current interests of each of these students in physcial education activities.

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