Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Physical Education


Physical education has played a role of varying importance in the life of all people. The earliest known races had their games, dances, and various philosophies relative to the value of unorganized physical activity. The earliest date that physical training was mentioned as a possible subject to be included in the American school curriculum was in 1790 when Dr. Benjamin Rush recommended that intellectual and physical education received consideration together. Early educators, however, felt the purpose of education was to train the mind, and very little was given to Dr. Rush's idea.

Following World War, I and II there arose new conceptions in general education which revolutionized school procedures and curricula. The rapid growth of democratic ideals and institutions, the rise of a new industrial life, and the development of experimental science with its basic idea of education, all were factors influencing the development of the new philosophy of physical education.


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View




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