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. 69, No. 1, January

Adolescent Identity Formation and Leisure Contexts: A Selective Review of Literature
This is the second part of a two-part feature on youth development. In the first part of the feature, Susan Hudson wrote about the concept of youth development and explained how youth workers can help youngsters develop the competencies needed to...
Can Character Be Measured?
* "You can't teach character, it's something that you either have or you don't have." * "You might have character, but the values that make character are too elusive to measure in a scientific manner." * "When you measure character with an instrument,...
Checklists and Rubrics: An Alternative Form of Assessment in a University Volleyball Activity Course
Assessment is used in schools and universities for a number of reasons. Although providing grades often takes precedence, the most important function is providing feedback to the learner. Dissatisfied with traditional assessment practices, many teachers...
Does Sport Affect Character Development in Athletes?
This is the second part of a three-part feature on character in physical education and sport. In the November/December issue, after an introduction by Dennis Docheff, feature editor, Jay Mulkey of the Character Education Institute in San Antonio, Texas,...
Emphasizing Fitness Objectives in Secondary Physical Education
Today's adults were yesterday's students taking physical education and learning how to be fit. If that is true, how do we explain that one in two American adults does not participate in regular vigorous physical activity, while one in four pursues...
Formative Assessment in Team Sports in a Tactical Approach Context
Over the years, in professional journals such as JOPERD (the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance), there has been an effort to introduce physical education teachers to the notion of formative assessment (Doolittle, 1996; Grehaigne...
Hepatitis B - Are You Really Immune?
In 1991, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released standards regarding exposure to bloodborne pathogens including Hepatitis B (HB). Beginning in January 1992, employers were required to identify those employees "at risk," because...
How Can an Early Field Experience Influence Preservice Teachers' Conceptions of Teaching?
Even though early field experiences (EFEs) have been used extensively in teacher education programs, the research literature provides conflicting results as to whether or not EFEs are an asset in physical education. Supporters of EFEs see them as...
PALS (Play and Learn Sessions): An Innovative Child Care Program for Hawaiians
The County of Maui (HI) Department of Parks & Recreation has incorporated child care services as an integral part of its program offerings for the past several decades. Organized child care in Hawaii dates back to a time when sugar plantation...
Risky Business: Innovative At-Risk Youth Programming
Public government by its very nature is risk free; that is, except for cases of legal immunity, government does not venture into risky business if public liability is viewed as being in jeopardy. Good government is traditional government. Taking chances...
Saving an HPERD Curriculum
All too often, as administrators plan strategies to alleviate tight budgets, the elimination of some academic programs is a likely solution. Even more critical is the fact that health, physical education, recreation and dance (HPERD) programs are...
Tell Me, Show Me, but Most of All, Involve Me!
Learning to move--moving to learn. These are the words that you see when you first enter elementary school gymnasiums in Attleboro, Massachusetts. These words describe the concept of curricular integration that has been incorporated into Attleboro's...
This Too Shall Pass - or Will It?
While chatting with a group of education colleagues about their new assessment initiative, I heard several individuals from the group echo a fellow teacher's comment: "This too shall pass." This too shall pass--the belief that if we wait it out, keep...