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. 66, No. 5, May-June

1995 AAHPERD Awards
The AAHPERD Awards, presented yearly at AAHPERD's national convention, honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the HPERD professions. Although we cannot detail all of their accomplishments, some of the award recipients' achievements...
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Beyond Lecture: Active Learning Strategies That Work: The Active Learning Approach Can Facilitate the Learning of Class Content, as Well as Eventually Equip Students with the Tools to Learn on Their Own
Today, many secondary school physical educators find them-selves teaching in classrooms. Whether this is the result of changing curriculum trends, the influx of health and fitness programs, split departmental teaching assignments, or school budgetary...
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Comparing Class Structure and Student Skill Development
This month's Issues question asks, "Would it benefit elementary school students more to have two 45"minute classes a week rather than three 30-minute classes a week?" I thought readers might be interested in a comparison I made along those lines. ...
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Core Concepts of Kinesiology: These Concepts Are the Basis of Communication about Movement That Facilitate the Progression from Lowly Skilled to Highly Skilled Performance
Are you interested in skillful movement? Do you, as a teacher, coach, or spectator, observe and evaluate movement in terms of its effortlessness or effectiveness? Do you try to elicit more skillful movement from yourself or others? If so, you probably...
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Creative Dance-How to Increase Parent and Teacher Awareness: The Success of Dance Education Programs in the Public School System Requires Not Only School Board/administration Endorsement, but Also the Support of Parents and Teachers. This Article Describes Some of the Strategies That Stimulated Awareness of Creative Dance and Helped Gain Additional Support of Teachers and Parents in Two Washington State Schools
In 1990, the Vancouver School District in Washington implemented a K through 12 dance education program. Creative dance was phased into the 21 elementary schools (K-5) over a four-year period and was integrated in a two-hour arts block with music and...
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Exercise Counseling-How Physical Educators Can Help: To Teach Students to Maintain Active Lifestyles, Physical Educators Must Know What Motivates Students to Exercise
Janet had always been overweight. Her weight problem affected many areas of her life--social interactions, self-esteem/concept, and physical health. She tried to avoid taking physical education classes, although she knew that improved exercise and...
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From Education to Certification
One inexorable trend in education is that qualifications for a particular occupation today will be somewhat more difficult or demanding tomorrow. The high school diploma that qualified you for a job some years ago will not get you an interview today....
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How to Motivate Students ... without Standing on Your Head! Four Aspects of Harter's Competence Motivation Theory Suggest Indirect Methods Physical Educators Can Use to Increase Student Motivation
Every year, Mr. Smith, physical education teacher at Anywhere Middle School, has problems motivating students in his gymnastics unit. So this year, Mr. Smith does something unusual for the first lesson; he delivers his lesson introduction while standing...
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Identifying Student Teaching Tasks: A University-Field Professionals Collaboration: The Student Teaching Internship Is More Likely to Be Effective If the Cooperating Teachers Have Helped to Establish a Uniform Set of Required Student Teaching Tasks
Preservice teachers and teacher education faculty members believe the student teaching internship is a crucial part of teacher preparation. In fact, this experience may be the most important aspect of the preparation process (Locke, 1979). Yet, little...
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Redefining Success in Competitive Activities: The Issue Is Not Whether We Should Use Competitive Activities in Physical Education Classes, but How and When Such Activities Should Be Used
While officiating a game of eight-on-eight indoor soccer, Gail, a physical education teacher at Deercreek Middle School, finds herself reprimanding students on both sides for several incidents of poor sportsmanship and the resulting arguing and name-calling....
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Sport Psychology, Golf, and George Sheehan: George Sheehan's Observations about the Place of Sports and Fitness Activities in Our Lives Fit in Well with What Anthropologists Tell Us about Human Evolution
Many years ago, I watched a situation comedy on television in which an esteemed psychologist was asked for advice about a case from another psychologist. The esteemed psychologist went into a monologue about the different psychological perspectives...
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The Case Study Approach: Teaching about the Gray Areas: The Case Study Approach Enables Preservice Teachers to Discuss Solutions to Real-Life Problems Safely
One of the greatest challenges that novice teachers face is making the best decisions when there are no clear-cut answers or guidelines. As teacher educators, most of us would agree that providing preservice teachers with factual information is relatively...
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The Power of Poetry-Combining English Composition and Physical Education
"Meaningless" A powerful tree It stands innocent and proud Chop, it's a toothpick --Karen McPadden Haiku is defined as "an unrhymed Japanese verse form of three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables, respectively," This form of...
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Would It Benefit Elementary Students More to Have Two 45-Minute Classes a Week Rather Than Three 30-Minute Classes a Week?
It would benefit elementary school students to have daily physical education classes. If English class is part of the daily curriculum, we need to insist upon the same being given to physical education. Once we tell our administrators and schools...
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