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. 3, March

Amy Homans and the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics
Today, many female physical educators can trace their professional roots to Amy Homans and the BNSG. The "old boys" network is a common expression today, and many women lament the apparent lack of a similar "old girls" network. Such a network is purported...
Dio Lewis' Normal Institute for Physical Education
The foundation for teacher preparation in the United States can be traced to Dio Lewis' Normal Institute for Physical Education. Dioclesian (Dio) Lewis, a pioneer of physical education for all, was a flamboyant spokesman and avid promoter of his new...
H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College
The south's first preparatory school for physical education, Newcomb was innovative, progressive, and far-reaching in its influence on preparing teachers. Early American physical education was sometimes thought to have greater kinship to circus performers...
The Harvard Summer School of Physical Education
Summer schools offered practicing teachers a training program. One of the most successful and famous of the summer school programs in physical education that developed at the end of the nineteenth century was the Harvard Summer School of Physical Education,...
The Normal Schools: Exploring Our Heritage
This feature details the history and significance of the early professional schools--the normal schools--which form the foundation for what our profession is today. In the late 1800s and early 1900s a person who wanted to study physical education had...
The Posse Gymnasium
Posse's Swedish system of gymnastics fit well with the objectives of physical education. Baron Nils Posse (1862-1895) is considered the person most influential in introducing Swedish gymnastics to the United States. Nils Posse, born of nobility in Stockholm,...
Which Instructional Method Is Best?
A primary consideration facing all teachers is how best to match instructional methodology with the needs and characteristics of their students. Much research has been devoted to the relative effectiveness of instructional strategies. Four review articles...
William G. Anderson and the Brooklyn Normal School
Anderson was the first to realize the need for a professional organization. Early one September morning in 1885,(*) the footfalls of William Gilbert Anderson joined those of others, who, while breathing the New York breeze and gazing across the cityscape,...