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. 68, No. 3, March

Assessment Informs Instruction
Systematic and regular assessment should become an integral part of the instructional process (Sperling 1994; Wittrock, 1991). End-of-the-unit tests are not always positioned to help teachers make strategic decisions about future lessons (Stiggins, 1988)....
Circle Drills: Do They Accomplish Your Goals?
Consider the following scenario: On the first day of a volleyball unit, 30 seventh graders are divided into three groups of 10 students. Each group is instructed to have members form a circle. One ball is given to each group, and students are asked to...
Developing Expertise in Coaching: Learning from the Legends
He believed that football was the vehicle through which his players could best be prepared for life. For him, coaching was truly a vocation to which he felt a deep calling. "He had the will of a perfectionist, the mind of a fundamentalist, and the heart...
Educational Gymnastics: Stages of Content Development
For students to become competent and confident in their gymnastics ability, they must develop individual skills and learn to incorporate these skills into a variety of self-designed combinations and sequences. When students are progressively challenged...
Exercise Consumerism: Let the Buyer Beware!
How much money is wasted each year on exercise and weight loss gimmicks that fail to produce results? How many people purchase exercise devices or buy into the latest fad in an attempt to reap the benefits of exercise without making the effort necessary...
Expertise in Teaching Physical Education
The following two articles continue the feature, Developing Expertise in Teaching and Coaching, which began in the February 1997 JOPERD. In the first of the two articles, the eight critical characteristics involved in developing an expert were detailed....
Should Physical Education Be Required for Home-Schooled Children?
Editor's Note: As many Issues responses are published as space permits. The following guidelines are used to determine which responses will be printed. * When many similar responses to an Issues question are received, JOPERD editors will select the...
Title IX: Promises Still Unfulfilled
When a law is enacted for the purpose of changing social values, the law causes great controversy. Title IX was enacted in 1972, and has been controversial since. Some believe it is morally wrong to "support girls' sports on the budget of boys' football";...
What Are the Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Performance?
As athletes continually try to increase their performance, they often turn to ergogenic aids. Nutritional supplementation has long been a method for trying to improve performance. Excessive amounts of money are spent each year on products that claim...