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. 65, No. 5, May-June

African Dance: Enhancing the Curriculum
Stereotypic perceptions and myths have long plagued African dance. For centuries, African dance has been described as "primitive" and "immoral," yet at the same time commercially sought after and "exoticized." Its movement vocabulary, in the process,...
Afrocentricity: Moving outside of the Comfort Zone
Afrocentricity espouses the belief that images and symbols derived from African and African American life experiences are necessary and appropriate guides for people of African descent. Afrocentricity recognizes that these symbols, like the ankh of Ancient...
Carnival: Expanding the Classroom Boundaries
In the quest for a culturally diverse curriculum, nothing could be more fulfilling and rewarding for teachers and students than an exploration of the dance forms of the Caribbean, particularly as they are manifested through Caribbean Carnival. The multi-ethnic...
Dance for Social Change: Full House Children's Dance Company
In 1989, I packed my belongings and family and moved to Minnesota to accept a teaching position at St. Cloud State University. When I arrived, I found a thriving university community consisting of approximately 17,000 students and 700 faculty. St. Cloud...
Effective Supervision Practices
To help avoid situations in which the courts dictate prudent teaching practices, suggestions made by experts in the field can be used to define effective supervision. Recent litigations have underscored the importance of effective supervision practices...
Golf - a Lifetime Sport for Children
Basketball star Michael Jordan is searching for something money can't buy. He'd like to be a scratch golfer. In the off-season Jordan diligently practices his golf game in hopes of conquering the links as he has conquered the hardwood. Up to this point...
High School Fitness Units - Teaching Lifetime Skills
Educating students about the benefits of improved personal fitness will help make other lifetime skill activities more relevant in the physical education curriculum. The need for promoting wellness-based curriculums at the secondary level has been well...
HIV/AIDS - How to Maintain a Safe Environment
Although there have been no documented cases of HIV transmission during athletic competition, the possibility exists. Should professionals who educate and care for athletes and physical education participants be concerned about contacting the human...
Identity Crisis - Who Are We?
When I asked Michigan State undergraduate and graduate majors in the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department what their majors were, I got varying responses. Students identified a variety of majors and indicated several career paths. They...
Physical Education and Students with HIV/AIDS
The authors provide readers with current, accurate information about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Adapted physical activity personnel and special educators have been teaching and coaching children...
Sport Management Graduate Programs: Characteristics of Effectiveness
Sport management educators agree on 11 characteristics that indicate a sport management program's effectiveness. Increased demands for accountability have forced American institutions of higher education to provide evidence of their educational quality...
Teaching Creative Dance: An Afrocentric Perspective
Schools in the United States are becoming more ethnically diverse. Different approaches to dance are essential for American students to become culturally literate. Teaching creative dance from an Afrocentric perspective can be a valuable tool for providing...
Umfundalai: One Technique, Three Applications
Increasingly during recent years, different scholars have addressed curricular issues related to multi-cultural dance education in our vastly changing society. More specifically, educators have begun to probe the frontiers of the historically peripheral...