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. 64, No. 9, November-December

Badminton Wall Practice and Training: A Practical Approach
Basic physical fitness can be promoted through recreational badminton. It is a physically demanding game that provides players with a good measure of aerobic and anaerobic power, flexibility, strength, and speed. Because the skills of the game are...
Cooperative Round Robin Tournaments: An Effective Way to Teach Sports Skills
Have you tried cooperative round robin tournaments (CRRTs)? They are a great way of practicing sports skills. The tournaments can help reduce problems created when students try to play a game too soon and they reduce the focus on competition and winning....
Ecological Task Analysis - an Approach to Teaching Physical Education
Ecological task analysis (Davis & Burton, 1991) is an alternative to traditional approaches to teaching physical education. It is designed to provide strategies for individualizing instruction, to provide students with choices, to enhance decision...
Motor Learning in the Dance Education Curriculum
A dance artist is one who successfully blends the necessary physical abilities with passion, expression, communica- tion, and intensive focus of all available energies (Chmelar & Fitt, 1991/1992). Teachers and choreographers constantly...
Physical Education in the British National Curriculum
The question of whether AAHPERD should attempt to develop a national physical education curriculum for the United States was debated in the August 1986 "Issues" section of JOPERD (p. 18). Those against the idea argued that a national curriculum would...
Realities, Myths, and Priorities: Teacher Competencies in Dance
I am the director of the largest teacher preparation program in dance in North Carolina, the only state where there has been, for some time, a significant demand for certified dance educators in public schools. Exploring questions about what dance...
Reflections on the Preparation of Effective Dance Teachers
Competent and effective dance teachers cannot be developed without the help of dance teaching professionals. More specifically, networks must be established between primary and secondary schools, private schools of dance, and universities. Such networks...
Sport Management: Where Should It Be Housed?
The first sport management curriculum was developed in 1957 by a physical education professor at the University of Florida, Coral Gables. The suggested curriculum was ahead of its time and was not implemented. If the program had been implemented, it...
The Knowledge Base for Competent Dance Teaching
In a JOPERD article on dance education, Nancy Brooks-Schmitz (1990) stated: "If we are serious about dance education within the school setting and the preparation of professional dance educators, current dance educators must engage in the difficult...
Using Cues to Teach Trainable Mentally Handicapped Students
When teaching elementary children who are classified as trainable mentally handicapped (TMH) in self-contained classes, it is imperative, as adapted physical educators know, that these children are taught in structured settings. It is important that...
What Are Some Guidelines on Giving Feedback to Students in Physical Education
Research on instructional practices which influence student success is probably of greatest use to teachers. Much research has been devoted to how teachers tell students if they have accomplished a skill successfully and, if not, what students can...
What Does 'Fun' Mean in Physical Education?
In physical education, the concept of "fun" and whether it is or should be a measure of success in teaching is ambiguous. To clarify this concept and better understand its usefulness as an indicator of success in teaching led us to examine the question:...
Women in Sport: Backlash or Megatrend?
The current status of women in sport is difficult to assess. The footsteps of change in the sport world since Title IX signal movement, but it's like walking in an Escher three-dimensional drawing--it's difficlt to tell if the direction is up or down,...