Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Physical Education


The adolescent is often one of the most misunderstood, misguided, and uncontrollable ox all age groups. Since many a-parent, teacher, and above all the adolescent himself do not understand the phenomena encountered by the adolescent, many a little life is lost at this stage.

The term adolescent comes from the Latin verb, adolescent, meaning to grow into maturity, and includes the age group or span from approximately eleven to twenty-one years of age. Physically, this is the stage for spurts of growth, clamor for individual and group identity. Individual differences are often ignored, pooled or generalized, in many schools. Many schools lack the proper guidance departments and personnel. All too soon, the adolescent is caught up in a dragnet of misguided delinquents and shelved as trouble makers. Energies, potentials, differences, and environments have to be reckoned with, studied, and given vent to. The physical educator has to know himself in order to make the coordination effective and useful. Physical education is the accumulation of wholesome experiences through participation in large muscle activities that promote optimum growth and development.

Though all departments, levels, and phases of the school curriculum are to be a greenhouse where young lives are to be nurtured, watered, and allowed to flourish, the physical education department has one area essential to adolescent development not found in other branches of the school's program; development of the physical aspects and faculties of the adolescent.

Committee Chair/Advisor

C. A. Wood

Committee Member

C. A. Wood


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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