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Physical education programmes in the parochial schools of the archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia, 1966-1967 Rizak, Eugene Donald


This study was undertaken to determine the status of the physical education programme, personnel, facilities, equipment and supplies in the parochial schools of the Archdiocese of Vancouver and to make recommendations for a more effective programme based on criteria derived from the British Columbia Administrative Bulletin for Elementary Schools, 1958, and from existing facilities, equipment and supplies. An attempt was made to answer the following six questions in order to gather the data needed to solve the problem. 1. How much time is allotted to the instructional programme each week? 2. Professionally speaking, how well prepared are the teachers of the instructional programme? 3. What activities and testing and measuring techniques are presented in the instructional programme? 4. What type of recreational programme is offered? 5. What facilities do the schools have? What types of equipment and supplies are used in the instructional programme? 6. What are the school policies regarding medical examinations and participation in the instructional programme? The data were collected by personal visits by the writer to thirty-eight parochial schools which represented the total number of schools in the Archdiocese. None of the schools went higher than grade eight and most finished at grade seven. Interviews were held with thirty-five principals and eighteen physical education teachers. For purpose of analysis, schools were classified according to enrollment and geographic area and the information was assembled into tables. One school allotted 100 minutes or more per week for a physical education programme as suggested by the Administrative Bulletin. The majority of teachers of physical education were classroom teachers. None had a degree but the majority had taken an undergrad physical education course. One third of the outside specialists had a physical education degree. A wide range of activities was included in the programmes of the schools and testing was done in a few schools. Approximately three-quarters of the schools offered intramural and interscholastic programmes. Softball, volleyball, basketball and track and field appeared with the greatest frequency in these programmes. More than one-half of the schools had gymnasiums although less than twenty-five per cent had dressing rooms. Indoor and outdoor facilities and equipment were inadequate. The majority of schools gave medical examinations once during the pupils' school years.

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