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. 68, No. 5, May

Adapted Physical Educators - Where Were You? Where Will You Be at the Next Convention?
During a number of sessions dealing with various professional topics at the 1996 and 1997 AAHPERD National Conventions in Atlanta and St. Louis, it struck me that something - someone - was missing! Sessions to which I am referring were those dealing...
A Guide for Planning a Youth Sports Clinic
Sparse attendance is an all-too-common problem at many workshops and clinics. With some careful advance planning, this problem can be resolved. In this article, steps in planning a youth sports clinic are described to help planners develop a well-organized...
Demonstrating Visionary Leadership through Community Partnerships
Recent widespread trends of minimizing costs and reducing staff size are prevalent in education, community agencies, and businesses. These actions in the agency/business sector reflect a genuine need to reduce costs. A by-product of this will be forced...
Enhancing Classroom Communication between Teacher and Student
Ms. Smith's third-period physical education class of eighth graders is practicing the badminton short serve. David and Sandy are having trouble getting the shuttlecock over the net, and believe they are doing poorly on the task. However, Ms. Smith, focusing...
Fair Play in the Gymnasium: Improving Social Skills among Elementary School Students
More than one hundred years ago, physical educators were encouraged to enhance their profession by providing moral education to their young students. More recently, the American Academy of Physical Education issued a position statement that listed moral...
Grading: A Powerful Teaching Tool
Students learn more and enjoy learning when teachers base their grading systems on minimum performance standards For 18 years, I had taught enthusiastic, junior high school students. When my junior high school merged with the senior high, I was eager...
Strategic Planning in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Health, physical education, recreation, and dance (HPERD) disciplines face an accelerating rate of change. School-aged students increasingly come from single-parent homes, are non-caucasian, and bring heterogenous learning styles, educational and technological...
Teaching Physical Education to Homeschooled Students: Opportunities for Student Teaching
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) programs provide early clinical teaching experiences to preservice teachers so that they can learn how schools function and can apply pedagogical strategies in realistic settings. This allows for preservice...
The "Flight" Program: Nontraditional Preparation of Physical Education Teachers
With the establishment of National Standards for Beginning Physical Education Teachers from NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 1995), licensing and certification of physical education teachers in the United States should become...
The Graduate Instructor Experience: Pitfalls and Possibilities
The success of graduate instructors in the role of college teacher is enhanced by supervisory support from faculty and departmental administrators. Graduate teaching assistant ships allow physical education departments to gain part-time graduate instructors...
Vision and Leadership for Selecting and Mentoring New Faculty in Higher Education
Colleges and universities typically report that more than 90 percent of their academic budgets are in personnel costs with a large portion of that in faculty salaries. University and college administrators often mention that they invest between $500,000...