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. 8, October

Challenge Courts Motivate and Evaluate
Challenge courts provide an extra incentive for students to develop skills, and they can make the evaluation process easier and more reliable. Motivating students to improve skill levels and evaluating the skills and tactics students learn--two primary...
Constructing Equipment from Recycled Materials
Creating "improvised" equipment is not only cost-effective but is a practical way of helping children learn to become more sensitive and responsive to environmental concerns. Constructing low-cost, "improvised" equipment from recycled materials is an...
Ecotourism's Hidden Potential - Altering Perceptions of Reality
Outdoor educators, leaders of wilderness travel excursions, and teachers have the opportunity to foster a different world view--that is, to inspire ecocentric, or deep ecological, attitudes and philosophy. We are confronted daily with reports describing...
From Coach to Athletic Director: A Leadership Development Program for Women
The program described in this article was designed to encourage more women to become involved in athletic administrative roles. Like nearly every other state in the country, Oregon has a dearth of women in athletic leadership positions. Although this...
Learning about the Environment - the Truth May Make You Miserable!
In the course described in this article, students moved from apathy, denial, and anger to curiosity, interest, and action. Once they understood the unpleasant facts, they wanted to know, "What can we do?" Learning about the environment can energize...
Movement Concepts: Stimulating Cognitive Development in Elementary Students
Physical educators must show classroom teachers that academic concepts can be reinforced through the use of movement skills. Three approaches to teaching physical education have evolved in recent years: * the sports unit approach * the games/activities...
Muska Mosston
He lived life to the fullest--with energy, humor, compassion. Muska Mosston, former professor of physical education at the Universities of East Stroudsburg (PA), Temple, and Rutgers, died July 21, 1994 at his home in Little Falls, New Jersey. He was...
Muska Mosston: One Who Made a Difference
A person's greatness is generally measured by the degree to which he or she positively affects others' lives. Muska Mosston--my friend and colleague for 25 years--altered every aspect of my life. In 1969, at the AAHPERD Southern District Convention...
North Carolina Children and Youth Fitness Study
By conducting a statewide fitness study, baseline data for future comparisons in achieving statewide fitness goals can be established. National, state, and local agencies have addressed the issue of physical fitness for children over the years, but...
Our Environment in Crisis - We Can Change the Future
Each of us must consider our actions in the home, the workplace, the classroom, and the social world, and the effects of those actions on creating the preferred future, not merely that which we earn by default. The environment has become a major focus...
Portfolio Assessment: Documenting Authentic Student Learning
Motivation to learn in K-12 physical education may be enhanced by collecting portfolio items which reflect students' skills, understandings, social behaviors, and values. The 1980s saw a demand for greater educational effectiveness. Since publication...
Reading between the Lines - Outdoor Experience as Environmental Text
Outdoor activities allow us to interact with, and get to know, particular natural environments. Yet we must experience the outdoors as observers, never being a part of what we see... The idea that we share largely unspoken habits, conventions, and patterns...
Should Child-Designed Games Be a Major Component of an Elementary Physical Education Program?
The premise that child-designed games should be a major part of the physical education program is going a bit too far. If one aspirin is okay and two are good, will three, four, or more be better? That originality, creativity, critical thinking, and...
The Atlanta Urban Tree House - a Focus on Fun and Learning
One of the UTH's primary goals is to promote community responsibility for creating and maintaining a healthy urban ecosystem. "Factivities" are designed to foster an interest in lifelong learning about natural resources. As people in the United States...