Design for a junior high school co-recreational program in physical education in an underprivileged area

It was the purpose of this study to develop a co-recreational, co-curricular program that would contribute to the social development of the "X" Junior High School pupils and to evaluate such a plan in the light of student popularity and participation. As a result of the conference, previously mentioned, a co-recreational program was set up providing an opportunity for every child to actively participate in some type of activity regardless of skill. This program was set up to include recreational games and dance activities that the youngsters would find usable within the community and would, therefore, provide them with the opportunity to take part in some form of recreation outside the school period. In order to evaluate the program, a study was made of the number of pupils taking part in the program each play period. A study was also made of the popularity of activities entered into each day. It was noted that as the program progressed more and more students joined in the program and more activities were added. Seasonal conditions were also noted and their effect on the program studied. Tables III, IV, and V, pages 34, 40, and 43 give a breakdown on these figures. The program was planned as basic to meet the needs, interests and abilities of the "X" Junior High School boys and girls. It was further decided that the program should be the outgrowth of student planning. It should be an expression of student desires and one that was truly their own. Such a program needed to be flexible and subject to change, for, as participants and interests change, so would the activities change.