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Kahler, Robert||Brigham, Robert J.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education


Physical fitness


Problem. The problem was to determine the correlation between physical fitness and scholastic grade average. Physical training does not exist today just to furnish a body which provides a safer sanctuary for the intellectual mind. Physical education today is concerned with the whole organism and not just its parts. The purpose of this study was to show the relationship between scholastic achievement and physical fitness. The results obtained from this study might be employed in counseling students and parents as to the benefits of physical fitness and its relationship to scholastic achievement. Procedures. The 300 subjects used in this study were members of regularly scheduled physical education classes at Sward Junior High School, Oak Lawn, Illinois. The mean age of the experimental group was eleven years. Each physical activity class consisted of approximately thirty-five students all of whom participated in the experiment. The author selected the Neilson-Cozen Classification Index as the most suitable way of classifying the students. This index considered three factors - the age, height and weight of each subject. For each factor the student was given a number exponent. The sum of the exponents determined in which category to place the student. After placing the students into proper groups, each group was tested on the seven items of the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Physical Fitness Test. These items were the pull-up, shuttle run, standing long Jump, 50-yard dash, softball throw, 600-yard run-walk, and sit-ups. Test scores were recorded and converted to percentile scores. The total percentile scores of each participant were divided by the number of test items to obtain an average percentile grade for each subject. This fitness average was compared to the scholastic grade average of each student. The author used a table to convert the fitness average and the scholastic grade average to small numbers for easier computation. The Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Index was computed to determine the correlation between physical fitness and scholastic grade average. Conclusions. It was concluded that there is some relationship between physical fitness and scholastic grade average. It was also concluded that the girls of Sward Junior High School scored higher than the boys in the study correlating physical fitness to scholastic grade average.


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viii, 45 pages




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