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. 78, No. 1, January

Applying Laban's Movement Framework in Elementary Physical Education: Body, Space, Effort, and Relationships-The Four Aspects of Laban's Movement Framework-Offer a Useful Structure for Organizing Elementary Physical Education Lessons
Pat and Alex are waiting for the elementary physical education program buses that will take them on a ride for 150 minutes each week from their first day of kindergarten through their last day of sixth grade. Pat's bus runs on an antiquated roll-out-the-ball...
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Conferences & Workshops
March 14, 2007. NASPE's Second Annual Book Writers' Workshop, Baltimore, MD. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) will hold its second annual Book Writers' Workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for anyone interested in learning...
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Creating an After-School Program for Your PETE Majors' Middle School Field Experience: Universities That Have Trouble Finding Adequate Practicum Opportunities for Their Teacher Candidates May Want to Consider This Alternative
Providing opportunities for teacher candidates to use the theory learned in the college classroom in a "real physical education class" is essential to the preparation of outstanding teachers (Wiegand, Bulger, & Mohr, 2004). This can be accomplished...
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Dance Education: Dual or Dueling Identities
In the classic Lewis Carroll (1968) story, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice meets the Cheshire cat and asks, "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" The cat responds, "That depends a good deal on where you want to get...
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Foul Balls and Assumption of Risk
Reider v. State Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Third Circuit 897 So.2d 893 March 9, 2005 Pakett v. The Phillies Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania 871 A.2d 304 March 29, 2005 Maisonave v. Newark Bears Supreme Court of New...
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From Theory to Practice in the Design and Evaluation of Youth Development Programs: A Case Study; Demands to Justify Their Programs Scientifically Have Led Park and Recreation Practitioners to Seek Training in Research Methods. A Recent Training Program Shows How This Need Was Met
There is a growing interest in the concept of youth development, prevention courses, and related evaluation assessments among educators, researchers, and practitioners (Arthur, Hawkins, Pollard, Catalano, & Baglioni, 2002; Baldwin, 2000; Ennett...
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High School Athletics Directors Address Participation and Funding
Figures from a recent survey of high school athletics directors, conducted by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), provide new information regarding high school athletics participation and sports program funding....
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High School Sports Participation Increases
The number of student participants in high school athletics increased for the 17th consecutive year, according to the 2005-06 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS; www.nfhs.org)....
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In Light of the Viewpoint Article in the September 2006 JOPERD, What Should Be Done to Prevent the Circulation of Repeat Sex Offenders in Coaching?
Our national sex-offender web site is valuable in that it identifies the criminal along with his or her criminal behavior. Is this a viable avenue to use to expose offending coaches? Coach sex offenders are no different than any other and should be...
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Relating Physical Education and Activity Levels to Academic Achievement in Children
What Was the Question? Despite the increasing number of overweight and obese children in the United States, many schools are cutting physical education programs or reducing physical education requirements in favor of offering more academic courses....
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Skill Assessment in Elementary Physical Education: An Appropriate Progression
Assessment, assessment, assessment. It seems as if we are hearing more about assessment with the No Child Left Behind education reform act unfolding. With respect to physical education, which domain should be assessed: the physical, cognitive, affective,...
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What Every Public School Physical Educator Should Know about the Hiring Process: For All Physical Educators Seeking High School Jobs, Here's the Scoop on What Principals Want and How the Hiring Process Works
It has long been recognized that securing the services of top quality physical education teachers is essential to establishing and maintaining a strong physical education program (Horowitz, 1999). Therefore, when attempting to develop and maintain...
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What's in It for Me? an Intervention to Increase Physical Activity among Adolescents in Physical Education: Do Your Students Map Their Goals? Do They Employ P3 Thinking? Do They Lack Motivation?
Ask a physical educator to compare the physical activity levels of elementary children to high school adolescents, and she will likely explain that the difference is remarkable. Younger children are typically much more active throughout the day than...
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