Date of Award:

1968

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Department name when degree awarded

Recreation

Advisor/Chair:

Nolan K. Burnett

Abstract

The problem under investigation was to determine the leisure time activities and interests of Utah State University students. A questionnaire was circulated to a stratified-random sample group of 654 students from the nine colleges chosen by sex and class rank, spring quarter 1968. The students answered questions concerning their participation in recreation activities on campus, off campus, and as a spectator; no interest to participate in certain recreation activities; and desire to participate in recreation activities but did not for various reasons.

The results indicated that the majority of the students satisfy on and off campus activity participation needs through spectator activities. However, students who responded did express a desire to participate in individual sports which have carry-over value for later life. They also are interested in activities which involve a more strenuous type of participation and preferably in the out-of-doors.

The recreational activities offered to Utah State University students through the existing organizations do not satisfy all their activity needs. It was therefore recommended that a Recreational Council be formed comprising students, faculty, administration, and organizations for the express purpose of formulating new and more diversified recreation programs for Utah State University students.

Comments

The problem under investigation was to determine the leisure time activities and interests of Utah State University students. A questionnaire was circulated to a stratified-random sample group of 654 students from the nine colleges chosen by sex and class rank, spring quarter 1968. The students answered questions concerning their participation in recreation activities on campus, off campus, and as a spectator; no interest to participate in certain recreation activities; and desire to participate in recreation activities but did not for various reasons.

The results indicated that the majority of the students satisfy on and off campus activity participation needs through spectator activities. However, students who responded did express a desire to participate in individual sports which have carry-over value for later life. They also are interested in activities which involve a more strenuous type of participation and preferably in the out-of-doors.

The recreational activities offered to Utah State University students through the existing organizations do not satisfy all their activity needs. It was therefore recommended that a Recreational Council be formed comprising students, faculty, administration, and organizations for the express purpose of formulating new and more diversified recreation programs for Utah State University students.

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