JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD) is a monthly journal owned and published since 1896 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) headquartered in Reston, Va. JOPERD is AAHPERD's largest, most frequently published, and most wide-ranging periodical. It is AAHPERD's cornerstone journal, reaching 12,000+ members and subscribers, providing information on a variety of health, physical education, recreation and dance issues. Subscribers are professionals supporting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, sport and education—all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. The region covered by this journal is the US.Recent issues of JOPERD have included articles on teaching strategies, fitness, legal issues, assessment, dancing, teacher education, adapted physical education, leisure for older adults, the use of technology, and ethics and gender equity in sports and physical education. In January 2002, JOPERD featured an article on the benefits of physical exercise in reducing breast cancer risk. In April 2007, JOPERD ran a series of articles on obesity, including the mental aspects of obesity, early childhood obesity intervention and online sources of information on the epidemic. In October 2009, JOPERD included an article on the gender gap in youth sports, particularly in urban communities. This was based on the results of Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America, a comprehensive study based on two nationwide surveys of youth sports participation. Michael T. Shoemaker is the Editor, and Laura Stecker is the Associate Editor. Contributing editors are Derrick Mears, Ferman Konukman, Thomas H. Sawyer and Susan F. Ayers.

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 8, October

Are We Safe Yet? A Twenty-Five Year Look at Playground Safety
Playgrounds have always been an integral part of the recreation movement. In fact, the origin of the public recreation movement has been traced to the creation of a "sand box" at the Boston Parameter Church in the late 1800s. Today, thousands of playgrounds...
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From Exclusion to Inclusion: A Historical Glimpse at the Past and Reflection of the Future
Baby Boy was born in 1950. Complications occurred during delivery. Mom is okay but there was something wrong with the baby. A noxia they said, Cerebral Palsy... he'll be a vegetable. The doctors said he should be institutionalized. That's where he...
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How Do High School Students Perceive Success in Physical Education?
Research has indicated that many students lack motivation to participate in consistent physical exercise. In addition, young people who are not physically active as children and adolescents are less likely to adopt an active lifestyle as adults. One...
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Inservice Programs - What Do Physical Educators Want?
Inservice education and training ostensibly improves teachers' competencies and competent teachers are needed. At the same time, the American educational system is undergoing education reform. Hirsh and Ponder (1991) believe education reform must...
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Leisure Today's 25 Years - a Unique Contribution and Its Contributors
What a difference 25 years make! At its inception, Leisure Today (LT) welcomed leisure leaders to a vast and growing leisure labor market. The editorial board had lofty dreams; some realized and others discarded or retrofitted to meet the times and...
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Let the Surgeon General Help Promote Physical Education
For decades physical educators, as well as leaders in health and fitness organizations, have encouraged increased levels of physical activity as a means to improve individual health. Unfortunately, the messages have not motivated Americans to stay...
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Managing Leisure Services: A New Ecology of Leadership toward the Year 2000
Leisure service managers are challenged to provide programs and services that are relevant, timely, and of increasingly higher quality and value. A new dynamic of change fueled by the impact of technology, the access and use of information, diversity,...
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Opening the Gymnasium to the World Wide Web
Computer technology can enhance the learning of students (Dwyer, 1994). However, it appears that computer technology is underused in the physical education setting. The information in this article may help physical educators justify allocation of...
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Professional Preparation in HPERD: Relationships and Challenges
Should health, physical education, recreation and dance professional preparation programs at the undergraduate level be integrated or segregated? Are there common core knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required of health educators, physical...
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Protecting Our Public Estate
The United States is fortunate to have some of the world's most magnificent outdoor recreation resources. Our national parks, forests, wilderness areas, wildlife preserves, recreation areas, and other federally mandated natural and cultural resources...
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Questioning Techniques to Use in Teaching
Professionals in the allied fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance use questioning frequently in their teaching. Questioning is used by physical educators speaking in classrooms, labs, gymnasiums, dance studios, and playing fields....
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Strengthening Family Values in the Twenty-First Century - Home-Centered Recreation
For many years, the Journal Physical Education, Recreation & Dance has provided articles and research indicating both individual and family benefits of physical activity. Additional studies reported in the literature address a variety of related...
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Telling the Stories of Teaching: Reflective Writing for Preservice Teachers
The basic structure underlying stories or narratives can be used to guide the process of reflective writing for preservice teachers. Reflective writing is commonly used in undergraduate practicum courses to help preservice teachers critically examine...
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Themes from the Past and Implications for the Future
Professionalsin health, physical education, recreation, and dance (HPERD) are uniquely positioned to improve the health and well-being of individuals and the quality of community living. The significance of our role was brought to the forefront in...
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