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. 9, November-December

A Plan to Reduce Transition Time in Physical Education
Physical educators often hold students responsible for off-task behavior and respond with a variety of punishments. However, inappropriate behavior may occur because teachers have not planned well. Long lines, poor transitions, not enough equipment,...
Developing After-School Programs for Youth in High Risk Environments
The recent Carnegie Commission's report, A Matter of Time: Risk and Opportunity in the Non-School Hours (1992), indicated that youth in the United States have a lot of discretionary time. Unfortunately, the report also indicates that: "Much of [this...
Does Physical Education Affect Character Development in Students?
Throughout the evolution of public school physical education programs, long debates have ensued regarding whether physical educators teach "of" or "through" the physical. Physical education enthusiasts have often made claims of teaching the "whole" child,...
Helping Youth Grow
The nightly news highlights a story about two 10-year old youths holding a 5-year old by his legs outside a five story building ... and letting go. Another headline screams at us from a weekly news magazine about the short troubled life of an 11-year...
How Do Different Supervisory Conferencing Methods Affect the Preservice Teachers' Reflective Practices?
Teachers' reflective practices have become a focal point of recent research in teacher education. Action research, journal writing, reflective teaching, and reflective writing assignments are some of the strategies employed to increase teacher's insight...
How Would Socrates Teach Games? A Constructivist Approach
It is clear from Socrates' evaluation (figure 1) that he would perform poorly at any level of our contemporary education system. He published nothing and thus would be denied college tenure. The k-12 school administration would deplore his dependence...
Indoor Climbing Walls: The Sport of the Nineties
Scaling indoor climbing wall is one of the hottest trends in high-tech activity. Indoor climbing involves ascending an artificial cliff in the comfort and safety of the indoors. When scaling a synthetic rock wall, climbers encounter the same face holds,...
Meeting Core Requirements through Efficient Time Management
Problem: How to accomplish a proper warm-up, stretch, and cardiovascular workout as required by the state core without sacrificing time for skills acquisition and play time. Solution: By planning and using a little creativity, a teacher can adapt just...
The History of Character Education
Character education can be traced from the colonial period in America to the present time. This article will provide readers with a brief historical look at the development of character education in America and will introduce developments in character...
Training Support Personnel for Inclusive Physical Education
It's a new semester at McCord High School. Mr. Walters is about to have a student (Joe) with multiple disabilities in his second period 9th grade general physical education class. Mr. Walters is not overly concerned or anxious; he has Mr. Ladd (first...
What's Happening to Track and Field and Other School Sports in the United States?
During the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games several television commentators were extremely critical of track and field performances by United States athletes. Little, if any, rationale for a 25 percent decline in medals was given, only a stinging indictment...