Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


The purpose of this study was to compare the physical fitness of fifth grade students in Brookings, South Dakota, with the fifth grade students in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The author wanted to see if there was any significant difference between those who had sixty minutes of instruction in physical education per week with students who had one hundred minutes of instruction in physical education per week. The Iowa Test of Motor Fitness was administered to the ten and eleven year old fifth grade students in the elementary schools of both cities. The students in Cedar Rapids had an average of one hundred minutes of physical education per week, and the students of Brookings had an average of sixty minutes of physical education per week. Standard statistical procedures were used to determine the significance of the results. The raw scores were placed in frequency distributions and then the means and the levels of significance were completed in turn.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical fitness


Includes bibliographical references



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South Dakota State University