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. 1, January

An Inclusive Preschool Physical Education Program
Kathi leaps into adapted physical education class with the grace of a gazelle. She picks a colored shape to stand on for warmup time and waits for the rest of the children to enter the gymnasium. This seems like a fairly reasonable expectation of a...
Curriculum Development in a Worldwide School System
Imagine having to design, implement, and, when necessary, revise physical education curricula for dozens of schools serving thousands of students all over the world. That is the challenging responsibility of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools...
Developing Successful Collaborative Relationships
...I propose that the problems facing education cannot and will not be solved by educators alone: the literally self-contained classroom teacher, the self-contained principal or supervisor, and even the self-contained professor have all become anachronisms,...
Effective Skills Instruction in Outdoor Adventure Education
Many educational and therapeutic programs use outdoor adventure activities as a catalyst for change and growth (Gass, 1993; Luckner, 1988; Rudolph & Luckner, 1986). Research over the past two decades has demonstrated the value of using outdoor...
Equal-Status Relationships in the Gym
Val, a physical education specialist, felt really good when her principal opened their weekly conference with praise: "I have a wonderful compliment for you. You have been selected as one of the best teachers in our district to help with an integration/inclusion...
Implications of Inclusion for Physical Education
Much is written in the special education literature about inclusion. I especially enjoy the title of one article, "Welcoming Back the Stranger." Most of us have grown up viewing students with disabilities, especially severe disabilities, as the "strangers"--the...
Inclusion in Regular Classes: Breaking from Traditional Curricula
Inclusion means that all students with disabilities will be educated with their nondisabled peers in regular classes. To advocates of inclusion, separate education is never equal education. Inclusion rejects the least restrictive environment or continuum...
Inclusion in Regular Physical Education: The Research Base
Jamal is an 8-year-old boy who is blind and has severe mental retardation. Jamal attended a special school last year, but because that school closed, he is now fully included in a regular third grade class at Jefferson Elementary School. One of Jamal's...
Inclusion: Physical Education for All
In a rural central New York school, Terri, a girl with cerebral palsy and hearing limitations who communicates using sign language, wheels into the gym to take physical education with the rest of her fourth grade class. Before moving to this community...
Inclusive Elementary and Secondary Physical Education
In the past in schools in Northern Illinois, regular education students with disabilities were excluded from physical education and instead placed in study halls. They received one-on-one physical education service once or twice a week from the adapted...
Preparing Teachers for Inclusion: The Role of Higher Education
Since the 1970s, several pieces of federal legislation have been enacted to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. Specifically mandated were free appropriate public education for all children with disabilities; accessibility; and non-discrimination...
Preplanning for Successful Inclusive Schooling
The inclusive schooling movement is a broad-based reform that has a major impact on all curricular areas, including physical education. Teachers learn about inclusive schooling in various ways, sometimes as a part of a large scale preplanning process...
Pulse Power - a Heart Physiology Program for Children
Heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the primary causes of death in the United States. In 1989 cardiovascular diseases accounted for more deaths than cancer, accidents, and AIDS combined (American Heart Association, 1991). Research...
Reform in Education: Becoming Political Advocates
Arecent Harris Poll indicated that the call for reform in education has steadily gained momentum. The poll indicated that 95 percent of those asked thought that the need for wide-ranging reform was urgent, while less than 3 percent answered that it...
University-School Collaboration: Working to Improve Rural Physical Education
Small, isolated rural schools face many inherent problems --limited faculty, restricted program offerings, and classes taught by instructors with little training in certain subjects (Meier & Edington, 1983) are several. Many rural classroom...
Using Skill Transfer in Dance
Social dance is a leisure activity that one can enjoy for a lifetime. Just like other basic motor skills, dance skills should be taught when children first enter school. When children are young, we should begin teaching basic social dance skills that...