ERIC Number: ED180539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The General Instructional Program in Physical Education at Two-Year Colleges: 1979.
Bankson, Stephen R.; Jonas, Stephen
A survey of 831 two-year colleges was conducted in January, 1979, to gather data on physical education (P.E.) programs and requirements, grading practices, course offerings, P.E. faculty, and physical facilities. Survey findings, based on a 53% response rate, indicate that 93% of the responding colleges offered physical education classes and that 75% offered a program to students desiring to major in the subject. About 66% of the respondents had a universal P.E. requirement (usually of one year). Exemptions for medical reasons, handicaps, and prior military service were granted by 93% of the schools, but only 40% exempted students because of age. The vast majority of colleges applied P.E. grades toward a student's grade point average. Factors considered in P.E. grades included attendance and participation (94%), knowledge (85%), improvement (76%), and skill performance (89%). Individual sports, dual sports, and basic fitness classes showed the greatest demand, while team sports appeared to be on the decline. About 50% of the faculty perceived student interest to be greatly enhanced in coeducational courses, and only 38% offered courses restricted to men or women students. Responding institutions had an average of over five full-time P.E. faculty members. Over 80% of the schools had a gymnasium, P.E. offices, locker facilities, weight rooms, and tennis courts. (JP)
Descriptors: Athletics, Coeducation, College Credits, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Courses, Credit Courses, Enrollment Trends, Faculty Workload, Grading, Graduation Requirements, Majors (Students), National Surveys, Physical Education, Physical Education Facilities, Student Interests, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lorain County Community Coll., Elyria, OH.