Date of Award


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Master of Science (MS)


Education, Health & Behavior Studies


The purpose of this study was to compare the physical fitness levels of male freshmen honor students and male freshmen students enrolled in physical Education 101 at the University of North Dakota.

This study was directly concerned with physical fitness as measured by the American Association for Health, physical Education, and Recreation Physical Fitness Test. The students involved were all freshmen male students enrolled in the required physical education service program and twenty-seven of the forty-seven male freshmen honor students at the University of North Dakota.

The test was administered to both groups the sixth week of the first semester of the 1965-66 school term. The null hypothesis was assumed with respect to the differences between the means of both groups. The hypothesis was tested with the srt" technique for the difference between means derived from uncorrelated scores from a combined sample.

Some of the conclusions indicated by this study were • 1. The required physical education course which the service group engaged in produced significant results in all of the selected measures of physical fitness except the shuttle run at the criterion .01 level. 2. The honors students were not required to participate in any phase of the physical education program. As measured by the prescribed test, this group achieved fitness below the levels achieved by the average university freshman of 1965-1966. 3. Some of the honors students did not seem to understand the true meaning of physical education. 4. The elective status of physical education for honors students presently in force, seems not to meet the needs of nearly 90 per cent of those students since only five enrolled voluntarily in physical Education 101 during first semester 1965-1966.