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Dean, Mark E.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education


Ability--Testing; Physical fitness; Prediction of scholastic success


Today, our civilization in increasingly becoming aware of the importance of physical development and mental development, This theme it the core of this study, and it is discussed further in the review of literature. Thus, the problem of this study is to determine what relationship exists between physical fitness and the specific academic success of a random sample of junior high school boys. This sample consisted of one hundred boys, fifty eighth grade boys and fifty seventh grade boys from the Hinsdale Junior School, Hinsdale, Illinois. The American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Youth Fitness Test Norms were used as a tool in measuring the physical fitness of each boy in the sample. Their academic success was determined by each individual's mean grade of the four repaired subjects in the junior high school--mathematics, English, science, and social studies. The two sets of data were correlated. The conclusion of this study indicated that a positive relationship existed between physical fitness as measured by the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Youth Fitness Test and academic success. The strength of this relationship ranges from low to moderate. These results may provide a basis for further investigation.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [32]-33)


vi, 53 pages




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