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The women's intramural program at the University of British Columbia; an evaluation Maclean, Alice Carol

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The women’s intramural program at the University of British Columbia is comprised of two divisions; the university section and the physical education section. Physical education major students generally compete in the physical education section. The university section is composed of clubs, sororities, residences and faculties. In team activities of the university section, one physical education major student may compete for each team. In individual or dual activities of the university section, physical education students may not participate. The purpose of this thesis was to examine and assess the program of intramurals for women at the University of British Columbia. The writer made no attempt to generalize about the intramural programs at other universities. The interview and questionnaire methods of gathering data were used. Five student groups; the organization manager, the student executive, the student participants, the non-participating students, and the physical education major students were contacted. As well as this, three faculty members; the present intramural administrator, a past intramural administrator and the Director of the School of Physical Education and Recreation were interviewed. Visiting students and coaches were contacted to determine how intramural programs functioned at their respective universities. The participation statistics were checked to determine the actual number of participants and the number of games played during the fall term. The data was then compiled to indicate common trends. This was not meant to be a statistical study as it was felt that the ideas of those involved were more important than just the number of participants. It was found that the total intramural program is functioning slightly better than the students and faculty estimated when they were interviewed. An increase in publicity might, however, enhance the program and increase participation. It was agreed that a shift in emphasis in the physical education section might benefit the physical education major students. The philosophy and administration closely parallel those discussed in the review of literature and recommended by the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, although there were some expected differences due to the unique situation at the University of British Columbia. While the intramural program is functioning relatively well, activities should not be allowed to be repeated without close scrutiny each year. There is still room for improvement.

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