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. 2, February

A Practical Strategy for Emphasizing Character Development in Sport and Physical Education
This is the conclusion of a three-part feature on character in physical education and sport. In the November/December issue, after an introduction by feature editor Dennis Docheff, Jan Mulkey of the Character Education Institute of San Antonio, Texas,...
Can a Health-Related Physical Education Curriculum Provide Students with More Physical Activity?
Regular participation in physical activity by children and adolescents is associated with significant health benefits. School physical education is the major institution responsible for promoting physical activity participation in youth. Studies have...
Character in Sport and Physical Education - Summation
For years, school administrators, parents, and others who have supported extracurricular sport activities have claimed that "sport builds character." It has also been argued that involvement in sport prepares the participant for later situations in life,...
Could Qualitative Research Become the "Rule" Instead of the "Exception"?
Research is extremely important, but only if it has practical applications for the readership. There are many journals for specific HPERD subdisciplines that accept and publish research studies. However, the editors and editorial boards of these "research"...
Developing and Implementing a K-12 Character Education Program
The future of any nation depends on the values and character of its youth. Today good programs in values and moral education are succeeding in schools districts around the country (Kirschenbaum, 1995). This article will share how one character education...
Instant Activities: Active Learning Tasks That Start a Lesson out Right
Instant activities serve as an alternative to traditional warm-up routines. The beginning of a typical elementary physical education lesson most likely consists of a short jog around the learning area along with some calisthenics or flexibility activities....
Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Strategies for Teacher-Student Interaction
Accountability is becoming an increasingly important part of the education profession. Regrettably this accountability comes at a time when school budgets are tighter than ever before. The elementary physical education program is frequently a target...
Leisure and Lifelong Learning
The health, physical education, and recreation (HPER) professions have a rich history of involvement in learning programs. For years, leisure service organizations have offered learning opportunities to adults and children outside of the traditional...
Leisure, Lifelong Learning, and Older Adults: A Conceptual Overview
It is common knowledge that the number of North Americans over the age of 65 is rapidly increasing. While this segment of society constituted less than 5 percent of the total North American population in the year 1990, it is expected to grow to nearly...
Preservice Teacher Perceptions of Appropriate Activities in Physical Education
Preservice teachers do not enter professional education programs as empty buckets waiting to be filled by the influence of teacher educators. Instead, preservice teachers have preconceived beliefs about many issues in physical education (Doolittle, Dodds,...
Professional Development: When You Want It and Where You Want It
These are but a few of the comments we, in professional development, hear from teachers about inservices and workshops. Many of us have tried a number of different strategies, including evening sessions, Saturdays, staff development days, and after-school...
Promoting Lifelong Involvement through Physical Activity
One of the major objectives of physical education is to promote a lifelong involvement in physical activity, yet a recent report from the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1996), indicated that 25 percent of adults do not...
Strategies for Including African-American Culture in an Historically Euro-Centric Dance Curriculum
This article focuses on the continuing efforts of two college faculty members, one African-American and one European-American, to implement strategies designed to expand dance curriculum offerings in order to include African and African-American source...
Wilbur Crisp. A Forgotten Inventor and Early Contributor to Sport
Who is Wilbur Crisp and why should he be remembered? Wilbur Curns Crisp, a long-time New York State educator and sports entrepreneur, was a basketball pioneer who was born in 1891, the year James Naismith invented the game. Crisp grew up with the game...