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. 9, November-December

Accommodating Students' Learning Styles in Physical Education
One of a teacher's goals is to make the learning process as efficient as possible. To accomplish this, we must recognize individual learning styles. Learning styles are the ways that individuals process new information (DeCecco, 1968). The identification...
Accused of Physical Abuse: A Potential Dilemma for Physical Educators
During the past two decades, child sex abuse cases - especially in physical activity and athletic programs within public schools - have attracted a great deal of attention. With passage of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (PL93-247) in 1973,...
A Physical Activity Continuum and the Surgeon General's Report
Recent research has shown that regular, moderate-intensity physical activity can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, osteoporosis, and depression (American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM]...
Back to the Basics of Individualizing Instruction for All Learners
This author explains how to give individual feedback without holding up the whole class. Written and verbal communication methods are included too. In a recent series of interviews, six cooperating teachers said they did not know how to teach in a way...
Efficient and Effective Assessment Techniques
Educational reform movements continue to focus on the importance of student assessment in designing high-quality instructional episodes. Although physical educators see the need for assessing and documenting student learning, there are several realities...
Learning Ti Use Assessment: A Student Teaching Project
Student teachers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro complete an assessment project (see figures 1 and 4) to help them use various types of assessment to judge the success of their teaching. Most student teachers have had very few previous...
Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teachers
Integrate Everything You Know to Help Students Learn Understanding sports and physical activities from a participant's perspective is simply not enough for excellent teaching! Teachers need pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) so that they can "package"...
Perspectives on Content Knowledge in Physical Education
Both teachers in the schools and teachers in training struggle with learning about their practice - what to teach, how to teach it, what influences teaching, and how to increase their effectiveness. These are all elements that teachers develop and refine...
Redefining Health for People with Chronic Disabilities
The term health appears to be one of the recent recurring themes in allied health professions, including therapeutic recreation (TR). Although health is an important concept, little discussion has been made to examine the relevance of health in the lives...
Should the NCAA Impose a Limit - for Example, 50 Percent - on the Portion of Total Scholarships Available for Any Sport That Can Go to Foreign Athletes?
Colleges and universities are areas intended for higher learning and educational experimentation of the student. To limit any possibility for anyone regardless if the student resides outside of the United States should be discouraged. Many coaches are...
Survival Tips for New Physical Education Teachers
Beginning your first teaching position is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. It can also be a cultural and physical shock. All of a sudden, you are the teacher instead of the student. The first three years of teaching are the most difficult, and...
Teacher Responses to Teaching Games for Understanding
Teachers are interviewed about the attractions and drawbacks of the tactical approach. Joperd recently presented a series of articles (Oslin, 1996) designed to make readers curious about the possibilities of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU)....
What Do Children Think, Feel, and Know about Fitness Testing?
Physical fitness continues to be an important aspect of physical education curricula. Along with learning fitness concepts, students typically participate in fitness testing once or several times during the school year. The purpose of this study was...