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. 67, No. 2, February

A Different Set of Footprints: A Portrayal of One Woman's Leisure
Over the years leisure has been studied and analyzed through the experiences of white men. Little has been written about the leisure of women and people of color (Henderson et al., 1989). However, girls, women, and people of color encounter distinct...
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At-Risk Youth: The Phoenix Phenomenon
Faced with rising juvenile crime, the Phoenix parks and recreation department succeeded in developing cost-effective prevention and intervention programs. Recreation has come to be viewed as an important component of intervention programs for at-risk...
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Benefits Abound Including Ballroom Dance in University Dance Departments
Faced with financial constraints and societal needs, university dance educators may discover some inviting possibilities in the ballroom form. A majority of American schools offer no dance instruction, and a majority of boys and men never receive dance...
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Circuit Training through the Muscular System
In this integrative activity, students travel through the gymnasium on a course representing the muscular system and perform exercises for each muscle group. In the past five to 10 years, physical educators have recognized the value of integrating academics...
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Courtesy - Dead Art or Professional Relic?
I can still remember my mother telling me (again, and again, and again) that when meeting an adult, I was to speak first. A polite "hello" would do, but I had to speak. I also was expected at an early age to write thank-you notes and answer letters....
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Diversity Education for Professional Practice
Educating for diversity can occur across disciplines and in a variety of settings, including classrooms, playing fields, community theaters, and gymnasiums. By teaching the people we interact with to be more inclusive, respectful, and appreciative of...
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H. Harrison Clarke
H. Harrison Clarke, former consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, died June 8, 1995 at his home in Eugene, Oregon. He was 93. Born on June 30, 1902 in Tidioute, Pennsylvania, Harrison swam and trapped muskrat in the Allegheny...
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Improving Invasion Game Performance
Werner, Thorpe, and Bunker (1996) outline a games classification system that focuses on the tactical necessities of games, with categories labeled "invasion," "net/wall," "fielding/run scoring," and "target" games. This system encourages students to...
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Improving Net/wall Game Performance
At the core of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) approach is the games classification system, which provides a structure for teaching games. How can the principles of the understanding approach be implemented in a practical setting? Using volleyball...
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Just Recreation for Girls and Women
A recent study found that as young girls reach adolescence, their self-esteem plummets (AAUW, 1991). Girls enter first grade with the same aspirations as boys, but by the time they reach high school, their doubts have crowded out their dreams. They emerge...
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Peer Tutoring in Tennis
Effective teachers use a wide range of teaching methods to enhance student motivation and learning. Such variety promotes a dynamic learning environment and empowers the teacher to meet student needs and classroom objectives. The underlying objective...
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Should Physical Education Teachers Have to Acquire Separate K-6 and 7-12 Certification?
The preface of Moving and Learning: Elementary School Physical Education by B. Nichols outlines the major concerns of the book. Among the areas covered are "Movement Curriculum," "Developmental Approach and Levels," "Social Skills," "Health-Related Physical...
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Tying It All Together: Integrating Physical Education and Other Subject Areas
More and more physical educators are engaging in integrative activities with teachers of other subjects. This article explores the advantages of subject integration and provides guidelines for planning activities. Integrative activities are a current...
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