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. 67, No. 3, March

A Mock Interview: Preservice Teachers and Principals Interact
Senior physical education majors in teacher preparation do not usually have an opportunity to talk to school principals about personnel interviews until they are actually interviewed for their first job. The impressions that they make are crucial to...
Block Scheduling: What Does It Mean for Physical Education?
Get ready to be blocked. Whether they call it block scheduling, the four-by-four plan, or the concentrated curriculum many high schools and some middle schools are experimenting with an alternative to the traditional six-or seven-period day. Cawelti....
Can Peer Feedback Be Used Effectively in Physical Education Classes at the Elementary Level?
Peer feedback can be used more effectively if the teacher asks questions after the activity has been completed. The best way to learn things is through experience. Participating in the activity itself should bring students to ask many questions. it...
Children's Physical Education Experiences: Their Interpretations Can Help Teachers
In order to find out more about the experiences of children in physical education, researchers have begun to observe and record the experiences of children as they participate in physical education classes. These observations, combined with children's...
Hiring the Wrong Candidate
How many times do we go through the process of advertising a position, accepting applications, reviewing resumes and references, and interviewing candidates, only to end up with the wrong person for the position? Recreation managers who have been in...
Including Athletes with Disabilities: Interscholastic Athletic Benefits for All
Aside from an occasional weekend excursion to special sports programs, athletic experiences for many persons with disabilities are severely limited, interscholastic sports programs have not offered opportunities to athletes with disabilities (DePaepe...
Increasing Physical Activity through Fitness Integration
The amount of time school-children spend in physical activity during physical education classes concerns many teachers and researchers. A number of writers have suggested that because school physical education is the only class that can address the...
Increasing the Physical Educator's Impact: Consulting, Collaborating, and Teacher Training in Early Childhood Programs
Physical educators are confronting a growing need for developmentally appropriate movement education among very young children. Children are more sedentary and more obese, on average than their counterparts 20 years ago (Gortmaker, Dietz, Sobol, &...
On the Right Track
Sports at all levels are important activities for all students, including those with disabilities. Playing rules in many sports flagrantly discriminate against individuals with disabilities, not only prohibiting them from participating, but excluding...
Same Old Stuff: All I Really Needed to Learn, I Didn't Learn in PE
The student in this case study feels bored and frustrated in physical education class but challenged and motivated during a visit to a health club. How can physical educators make their programs more appealing? It was Monday morning, which didn't...
Sexual Harassment - Develop a Policy
The four-hour workshop on sexual harassment in sport was halfway over, and the coaches participating had reached a trust level where deeper concerns could be bared. "You know I have always cared about my athletes," one woman coach said. "If it gets...
Teaching for Understanding: Using Games Invention with Elementary Children
Although most work on games for understanding seeks to improve the teaching of games at the secondary level, some physical educators argue that the approach also has the potential to improve elementary physical education, once students have mastered...
Turning Ideas into Practices: A Teacher Development Workshop
Inservice training for teachers is one of the most important methods for instituting change in schools today (Fullan, 1982). Nevertheless, teachers often reject new approaches to teaching. What causes teachers to return to traditional methods of teaching?...