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. 81, No. 1, January

Assessment: Trash It!
In today's world, assessment is a critical element of all educational programs. Assessment leads to accountability, and accountability can save programs. In addition, as noted by Robinson and Melnychuk (2009), the assessment of students gives teachers...
Coaching Malpractice
Andrea Wilson vs. O'Gorman High School et al. Cic. 05-4158-KES U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, Southern Division June 26, 2008 Andrea Wilson competed at the highest level of club gymnastics at All American Gymnastics...
Concussion and the Young Athlete Critical Management Strategies: Knowing How to Identify and Handle a Concussion Can Save an Athlete's Life
Youth sport administrators and coaches struggle to find ways to offset the challenges related to athletic activities, especially contact sports like football, that involve a high degree of risk. No injury is as difficult to recognize as a concussion,...
Designing a University-Wide Fitness Program to Promote Campus Health and Department Image: This "Twofer" Will Work at Any Level, from Elementary School through College
Health and physical education departments across the United States continue to face perception problems when it comes to their reputation on campus (Forbes, 2006). The teaching, scholarship, and research that occur in physical education, health education,...
Gender and Dance in America
As a former physical education teacher at the university level who focused for many years on dance education, the topic of gender and dance in America has always been distressing to me. More specifically, it has always amazed me that a significant...
Gymnastics and Movement Instruction Fighting the Decline in Motor Fitness: Educational Gymnastics Provide a Foundation for All Motor Skills
Experts have identified the declining physical fitness of youths for decades. Not only is this physical fitness decline a serious health epidemic, some would argue that it poses a serious threat to our national security (Coelho & Fielitz, 2006;...
How Much Influence Should Government Have in the Decision-Making Process of Youth Sport Programs (E.G., Little League)?
The government should not have any role in the decisionmaking process for youth sports programs. The government is not out in the field observing how the programs are being run, nor should they be. The government has enough responsibility running our...
Introduction: This Assessment Method Measures Teacher Candidates' Effectiveness in Helping Students Learn
The assessment of preservice teaching in physical education over the past 25 years has relied heavily on the practicum to demonstrate what preservice teachers know and can do. Assessment of preservice teachers has included such methods as (1) direct...
Making Teacher Work Samples Work at the University of Northern Colorado: This Real-Life Example Demonstrates the Effectiveness of the Teacher Work Sample Methodology
Teacher Work Samples (TWS) can be viewed in terms of a product and a process. As a product, the TWS measures a teacher candidate's (TC's) ability to promote student achievement, documents that TCs have met minimum national standards, and validates...
Should Nutrition Education Be Taught in Physical Education?
The current data on childhood overweight and obesity rates indicate the need for schools to employ multiple strategies--including effective nutrition education--to address this problem. The number of overweight children ages two to five has more than...
The National Dance Association: The Leader in Dance Education: These Are Some of the Ways in Which NDA Has Affected the World of Dance Education in the Past 25 Years
The National Dance Association (NDA) envisions a society in which dance is an integral part of education, community, and a creative, healthy lifestyle for people of all ages and abilities. Our leaders seek to advance this critical mission. From...
Using Teacher Work Samples to Develop and Assess Best Practices in Physical Education Teacher Education: Reflection on Student Achievement Allows Teachers to Connect Instructional Practices and Learning Outcomes
Performance-based standards are frequently used to assess the capabilities of beginning physical education teachers, as well as their readiness to teach. The National Standards for Beginning Physical Education Teachers (National Association for Sport...