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. 83, No. 1, January

Dance Education in Korea: Dance Education Gains Ground in the Academic Curriculum
In Korea, dance education has experienced a revolution in order to make it a more academic subject for today's students. The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (www.mest.go.kr) has continued to revise dance education from the first national...
East Meets West: Blending Cultures Benefits Everyone
We have fortunately been exposed lately to a lot of dancing through-out the media. There are shows such as "Dancing with the Stars," "So You Think You Can Dance," "America's Best Dance Crew," and many more similar to those, and they are all educating...
Exertional Rhabdomyolysis: What Is It and Why Should We Care? Overtraining Con Have Dangerous Effects
Exertional rhabdomyolysis gained increased attention last year when 13 football players from the University of Iowa developed this condition. On January 25th, 2011 it was announced that the players were hospitalized and diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis...
From Community Gyms to Classrooms: A Framework for Values-Transfer in Schools: Teaching Values Is One Thing. Getting Students to Apply Them outside of Class Is Another
The beginning of the 21st century brought a new vision of America's young people. Policymakers, parents, and practitioners have steered away from the perception that many youths are a problem to society and have come to view them as positive contributors....
Google-So Much More Than a Search Engine!
Everyone knows Google as a tool for electronic searches, but it has so much more than initially meets the eye. There are dozens of Google applications that provide educators with a variety of accessible tools to make their life easier and more productive....
Has Dance Become Too Sexually Suggestive for the School Curriculum?
Dance is too broad a category to say it is too suggestive. Certainly, some dances are too suggestive to be included in the school setting. Similarly, some music is too suggestive and may need prior approval for use. It may sometimes be difficult to...
Introduction: Differing Forms and Perspectives Can Enrich Dance Education in the United States
Dance plays an important role in cultures around the world. It fulfills social, recreational, competitive, religious, therapeutic, and artistic functions (Oliver, 2009). Because of the many functions of dance, the opportunity to study dance enables...
Leisure Education in the Schools: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for All Children and Youth: A Position Paper Presented to the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation Taskforce on Leisure Education in the Schools-Executive Summary
Perhaps the most deep-seated antithesis which has shown itself in education history is that between education in preparation for useful labor and education for a life of leisure--John Dewey (1939) Over 50 years ago, leisure, recreation, and...
New Model for Youth Sports
Despite the many benefits that team sports offer, youth sport programs in the United States are facing a variety of challenges. The excessive focus on competition, overzealous coaches and parents, the increased risk of injury, and the high cost of...
Social Media and Free Speech in Education and Sport
The phenomenon of social media in its various forms--Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, among others--has presented school administrators and coaches with a new twist on an old issue: criticism by students and student-athletes in the scholastic setting. Instead...
Tanko Bushi: Designing a Japanese-American Dance Experience: Some Dances Not Only Reflect Cultures, They Connect Cultures
Traditional folk song and dance in any culture serve to communicate and celebrate the unique struggles and triumphs of the human spirit. Folk dances reflect the very nature of a culture through the personal stories and meaning expressed through the...
Teaching an Ancient Performing Art in a Modern Context: Bharatanatyam Connects Students to the Traditions and Beliefs of a Bygone Era
This article briefly discusses the challenges of teaching the 2,000 year-old classical dance form of Bharatanatyam to a student population that is alienated from its mythological framework. Bharatanatyam teachers today are responsible for passing on...
The Case for Multiple, Authentic, Evidence-Based Dance Assessments
Not all students will become professional dancers, but dance education develops kinesthetic intelligence (Hanna, 1999; Risner, 2010), and through curriculum-embedded dance education with assessments, students can improve their psychomotor, cognitive,...
The Philippine "Hip Hop Stick Dance": This Is Not Your Grandma's Tinikling
In the quest to provide more creative and challenging options for students to become physically active, educators should welcome the richness of folk dance and martial arts into the curriculum. Even though the very mention of either form of exercise...
The Potential Role of Obesity Bias among Health Professionals
What Was the Question? Peters and Jones (2010) investigated how college students who were majoring in exercise science and physical education differed in their views of "fat" children versus "normal-weight" children and the potential effect those...
Using the iPad in a Sport Education Season: Technology and Sport Education Work Well Together
The latest advances in technology are inevitably making their way into schools and gymnasiums across the country. A number of national and international educational organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Education, the International Society...