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. 8, October

Are Task Presentations Important for Student Learning?
University students enrolled in teacher preparation classes often hear professors talk about ways to present instructional tasks to physical education students. Teacher educators, classroom researchers, and pedagogy researchers frequently discuss the...
Conducting a Coaching Session
As our profession is aware, too many children (20-35 percent) are overweight, primarily because of inactivity (Kirchner & Fishburne, 1995). The purpose of this article is to examine ways to decrease drop-out rates in sports programs by providing...
Guiding Principles for Implementing Fitness Education
It is widely recognized that public school physical education programs have the potential to impact health promotion and physical fitness significantly. Some writers, in fact, have proposed that public school physical education should be used as a primary...
Intergenerational Programs: HPERD's Role in Fostering the Mental and Physical Health of Older Adults
Americans live in an age-segregated society where family functions have been assumed by age-specific institutions. We have age-segregated schools, adults work primarily in environments without children, and many older adults live in age-segregated communities,...
Logic Model: A Tool for Planning and Evaluating Health and Recreation Prevention Projects
Do you try to defend a project's success through philosophical means? Do you have an excellent prevention idea but cannot articulate your beliefs, program ideas and/or outcomes? Is the challenge of documenting the effectiveness of a program or project...
Motivation and Compliance in Exercise Programs for Older Adults
Motivation and compliance play a significant role in the success or failure of older adult exercise programs. Motivation is defined as an influence, need, or desire that induces action. Compliance is the act of complying to the need, desire, or influence...
NAEP and Dance: Framework and Field Tests
In 1992, the Arts Education Consensus Project, sponsored by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), began an 18-month effort to establish objectives for assessing arts instruction in the nation's elementary and secondary schools. The National...
Negligent Hiring and Supervision
Sarah C. Mueller, a minor, by Kathleen E. Math, her mother vs. Community Consolidated School District 54 and Anthony D. Robinson Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, First Division, March 24, 1997 678 N.E.2d 660 (Ill. App. 1997) Sarah Mueller...
Novel Activities Enhance Performance of the Aging Brain
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost (Frost, 1916) Traditional views on the aging of the human brain often encourage a fatalistic attitude toward old age. It is...
Physical Activity Benefits Both
Since the early 1970s, AAHPERD has promoted physical activity for the older adult. Within the profession, most of the emphasis has been placed on physical attributes, namely muscular strength, bone density, and cardiorespiratory stamina, but in recent...
Recent Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
When President Clinton signed PL 105-17 on June 4, 1997, significant amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) went into effect (National Association of State Directors of Special Education [NASDSE], 1997). These amendments...
Strategies for Teaching Tag Games
"You're it!" These two words identify a tag game to Americans of all ages. Played by children from preschool to high school, these games seem simple. In fact, they teach many skills, such as readiness, balance, position, and strategy. Many physical education...
Supervision of Student Teachers: An Invitational Approach
Student teaching is an important component of a college or university s teacher preparation program. During this time, students are excited to finally have the opportunity to put their knowledge and experience to use in genuine classroom situations....
Windows of Opportunity for Early Brain and Motor Development
Recent scientific discoveries have expanded our understanding of the importance of experience (stimulation) in early brain development (Begley, 1996, 1997; Nash, 1997). With this news, "head-start" programs and early positive experiences for all children...