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. 70, No. 7, September

Designing Rubrics to Improve Preservice Teaching
Recent efforts to increase accountability for teaching and learning have encouraged the use of numerous forms of assessment. Specifically, increased attention has been given to evaluating student learning across the school curriculum. In physical education,...
Desktop Video Conferencing: 21st-Century Communication in Physical Education
Ever since seeing the cartoon, "The Jetsons" many of us have dreamed of having video phone conversations. Desktop video conferencing (DVC) brings us one step closer to making this dream a reality. DVC is a relatively new communication technology that...
Fraud, Breach of Contract, and Breach of Fiduciary Duty
The Golden Tee, Inc. v. Venture Golf Schools, Inc. and Cooper Communities, Inc. Supreme Court of Arkansas, May 14, 1998 Roger C. Kluska, a golf professional, and three other golf professionals (unnamed) formed Golden Tee, Inc. Kluska was president...
How Can Collaborative Research Work for You?
Collaborative research between university researchers and school teachers is gaining attention for its contribution to the improvement of teaching and for its quality and applicability. It also can be mutually beneficial to the researcher and the teacher,...
How Much Time Should Teachers Devote to Professional Development?
What question, good teachers devote time to professional development. However, it's not the quantity of time that's important; it's the professional commitment to regular, consistent, continuous, and variable professional development that's important....
Including within an Inclusive Context: Going beyond Labels and Categories
In a perfect world, physical education would be marked by the full participation of all students, by many opportunities for all students to experience success, and by an absence of stress and humiliation from peers. Moreover, all students would be...
Incorporating a Mastery Climate into Physical Education: It's Developmentally Appropriate!
Getting children physically active has become a national goal in the 1990s. The 1996 Surgeon General's report (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996) reveals that regular physical activity can help prevent disease and improve the quality...
Stretching during Warm-Up: Do We Have Enough Evidence?
In prescribing conditioning, physical educators face many issues that have insufficient or conflicting scientific evidence to inform practice. One example is stretching during warm-up for activity. The traditional use of stretching in the warmup phase...
The "Four Rs" of Enhancing Elementary Games Instruction: Refocus, Recycle, Reorganize, Restructure
For the better part of this century, elementary physical education has focused on skill development. The use of games and sports to reinforce taught skills is common and valuable (Belka, 1994; Morris & Stiehl, 1989; National Association for Sport...
The Grid: Reflecting from Preservice Teachers' Experiences of Being Taught
Preservice teachers will often initially teach the way they were taught (Britzman, 1991; Lortie, 1975). Despite the influence of teacher education programs, many beginning teachers maintain traditional, custodial practices in schools. It can be argued...
The Obstacle Course: Building Fitness and Skill with Fun
Wouldn't it be something if everyone in your school were talking about your program? If there was an activity that guaranteed that students, parents, and teachers would focus on your program, wouldn't you jump at the chance to incorporate it into your...
Using Metaphors for High-Performance Teaching and Coaching
Metaphor has been used throughout history as an effective teaching tool. The Bible, ancient Greek myths, and children's fairy tales are full of analogies, similes, parables, and metaphorical stories that are designed to teach new concepts and foster...