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. 9, November-December

Basic Instruction: Utility or Futility?
Basic instruction programs have existed for more than 130 years. How can we ensure their place in education during the next century? This author suggests five areas that must be improved if basic instruction programs are to survive. I am BIP. My full...
Celebrating Our Differences - Fostering Ethnicity in Homogeneous Settings
This article explores goals of multicultural education related to ethnicity and describes a multifaceted program that goes beyond subject matter integration. The concepts presented can be applied in any state, city, region, or school with similarly nondiverse...
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: A Framework for Addressing Multicultural Issues
People throughout the world, in search of a better life, are migrating to other countries--including the United States. As our nation becomes more culturally diverse, schools and educators must address the needs of this multicultural population of students....
Feedback Effects: Field-Based Findings
As a teacher once said, "Don't tell me what works in the lab with one student; show me what works with a class of 35 children, all moving at once." Teachers should provide feedback that is specific, congruent to the task, and corrective (Magill, 1989;...
Multicultural Education: Culturally Responsive Teaching
THE CURRENT WAVE of social and cultural change in the United States has made this country markedly different from the one of the past. Educators need to learn about increasingly diverse groups of people and in turn, to develop culturally sensitive programs...
Player Alignments and Rotation Patterns for Racquet Classes
Often there are more students in a racquet class than there are courts available. To maximize playing opportunities and have students play against a variety of other players (in a nontournament format), a strategy is needed to align players on the courts...
Should Physical Education Be Required at the High School Level?
With the increase in television viewing, video game playing, computer technology, automation, and reduction of high school physical education schedules, our youth are becoming alarmingly overweight, less skilled, and less fit. For these reasons physical...
Teaching the 'Whys' and 'Hows' of Cardiorespiratory Fitness
If poorly developed and presented, cognitive instructional cardiorespiratory programs can benefit students by motivating them to participate in a program of lifetime fitness. Aerobic activities such as walking, running, swimming, cycling, and dancing...
Total Inclusion or Least Restrictive Environment?
In this article, principles of both total inclusion and least restrictive environment (LRE) are explored. Basic aspects of legislation relevant to LRE are presented. John is 13 years old and has physical disabilities that are so severe he must use a...
Winning the Race against Racism
Do teachers harbor stereotypical views? How many use racist language daily without realizing it? To provide an educational experience that is equally stimulating and satisfying for all students, teachers must examine their personal beliefs and eradicate...