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. 65, No. 6, August

After Reading Mathesius and Strand's Article, "Touch Rugby: An Alternative Activity in Physical Education" (April, P. 55), Do You Believe This Game Is a Viable Addition to the U.S. Physical Education Curriculum?
As a college teacher who lived in New Zealand for ten years and enjoyed that country's educational and societal emphasis on rugby, I especially enjoyed reading the Mathesius/Strand article on Touch Rugby (JOPERD, April 1994). I have, however, two caveats....
... an Idea Whose Time Has Come!
Students know how to think; what teachers must help them learn is how to think more effectively. Though Dewey (1910) listed critical thinking as a key goal of education in the early part of this century, increased attention toward this topic has only...
Child-Designed Games - Experience Changes Teachers' Conceptions
Two teachers realized that their initial conceptions about child-designed games were inaccurate and explain what years of teaching experience have taught them about child-designed games. The initial conceptions held by teachers and undergraduate students...
Early Childhood Physical Education: Providing the Foundation
Preschool educators must provide children with developmentally appropriate motor skill instruction in an effort to build a foundation for successful participation in later childhood and adult physical activities. A developmentally appropriate curriculum...
High School Coaching - Still a 'Pressure Cooker' Profession
Results of studies made during the past three decades indicate that coaching has remained a high pressure occupation. The author examines the reasons for coaches' dismissals and makes some recommendations that should help alleviate some of the pressures...
Including Preschool Children with Disabilities
Teachers may find the inclusion of preschool children with disabilities challenging, but with creative use of time, space, staffing, and materials, these children can be included meaningfully and successfully. Efforts to provide special services to...
Marketing Physical Education through Golf
A university's off-season golf development program promotes physical education, provides a service to the community, gives physical education majors a chance to gain leadership experience, and produces extra revenue for the physical education department....
Preschool Annotated Bibliography
This bibliography includes helpful information for movement specialists, early childhood educators, and parents. Teachers responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of preschool movement experiences are encouraged to seek out not only...
Preschool Physical Education: A Practical Approach
The key to the effectiveness of our efforts is our ability to present preschool physical education according to the basic premises which govern the education of young children. Preschool physical education programs are relatively few when compared to...
Preschool Physical Education: Challenges for the Profession
Should preschool programs include physical education? What kinds of movement experiences do preschool children need? This feature addresses these and other issues that concern parents and teachers of young children. Children are provided with frequent...
Preschool Physical Education Class Structure
Children's first experiences in physical education should allow them to explore and investigate, yet also be structured to provide a sense of security, belonging, and consistency in their new surroundings. Using the word "structure" to describe physical...
Preschool Physical Education: Expanding the Role of Teacher Preparation
So that teachers can provide quality daily physical education for preschool children, teacher preparation institutions may need to expand their physical education coursework and clinical experiences. Picture the most spectacular display of fireworks...
Recreation Programming for the '90S Family: Demographics and Discoveries
In a decade marred by television addiction, poor fitness, high blood pressure, tension headaches, and drug abuse, how can planned recreation help? What can be done? Demographic Trends During the 1990 U.S. census, a cartoon portrayed a census-taker...
Reflective Thinking - Integrating Theory and Practice in Teacher Preparation
Learning to teach is difficult and perplexing and largely depends on the ability of teacher educators to help preservice teachers make the leap from generality to real world specificity. Teaching is an inherently complex, indeterminate, and idiosyncratic...
Teaching Good Touch
Imagine the following scenarios: * Bottom of the ninth, two outs, last chance with a runner on second and down by one run--the pitch--the ball clears the fence by two feet. After Dave touches home to win the final game of the championship series,...
The Preschool Playground: Developing Skills through Outdoor Play
Careful planning and thought must go into designing a safe but challenging playground which meets individual needs and interests and age characteristics and abilities of the children who will use it. Play is the foundation for children's healthy development...
Water Exercise for Senior Adults - Prescription for Fun and Fitness
Mary Poppins convinced us long ago that "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." For senior adults, the aquatic environment can be the spoonful of sugar which makes their exercise sessions enjoyable as well as beneficial. Robert N. Butler,...
Whole Physical Education
From a physical educator's perspective, the role that movement plays in the development of children's language, math, science, social studies, art, and music skills and abilities is described. Cognitively, preschool children are at a pre-operational...