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. 66, No. 4, April

Alternatives through Interagency Collaboration
In a North Carolina city, more than 40 agencies collaborate to provide comprehensive services to decrease juvenile deliquency. The increased incidence of juvenile delinquency among youth has concerned communities nationwide. Youth who are identified...
Badminton Game Drills
Game drills are excellent teaching tools for effective use of class time. Badminton, just as other racquet sports, requires proficiency in a variety of skills. To be competitive, students should spend time practicing these skills. Unfortunately, teachers...
Building Bridges between a University and an Alternative High School
Through a wellness program, university students help at-risk youth. become more involved in healthy recreational activities. Because of financial cutbacks, the initiation era new program which required a low student-to-instructor ratio (4 to 1) was...
Camp Adventure: Promoting Cultural Diversity
In 1993, the Department of Defense asked the University of Northern Iowa's Camp Adventure program to establish a partnership with a predominantly black college to provide youth services to U.S. Army family members. For two years, the University of Northern...
Evaluating Youth Recreation Programs
Determining whether program goals are achieved requires that well-thought-out evaluation methods are developed as programs are planned. Park and recreation departments (PARDs) are expected to provide myriad, high-quality youth services. Stakeholders...
Factors That Affect Dance Programs
This article is based on an ongoing study of public school students in Vancouver, Washington. Four factors which affect the approach to teaching creative dance in two elementary schools are discussed. Differences in gender, ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic...
Going 'Beyond the Physical': Social Skills and Physical Education
The gymnasium, with its informal atmosphere, can be an ideal setting in which to address social skills. If we continue to teach because we want to make a difference in the lives of our students, then we need to consider the many facets of human behavior...
Partnership for Civic Change
In Waco, Texas, 34 community agencies submitted a proposal to the PEW Partnership for Civic Change that resulted in a three-year, $400,000 grant, with matching funds from the Waco Foundation. This collaborative effort targets middle school youth identified...
Partners in Inner-City Youth Programming
An innovative project enables Canadian university students to plan and implement recreation programs for inner-city youth. For youth, leisure participation is often a time to establish self-identity, learn about their socio-cultural environment, practice...
Recreation and Military Youth
Adolescents residing in military installations are confronted with the same range of social problems that occur within society as a whole. Crime, violence, substance abuse, the social environment, and the unproductive use of leisure time are critical...
Sista-2-Sista: A Self-Empowerment Program
A model program provides young girls with the guidance and incentive they need to make constructive life choices. The startling observation that an overwhelming majority of participants in the sports and recreation programs of south central Los Angeles...
Skate the Lot
When a young girl skated through the plate glass window of a downtown business in Solvang, California, a popular tourist town, it forced an issue common in many communities: establishing a skating ordinance. At a city council meeting, human-propelled...
The Infusion Approach to Teacher Development
The underlying premise of infusion is that information about individuals with disabilities must be more systematically integrated throughout an entire curriculum. In a decade characterized by radical educational reform, the most controversial topic...
Tips for Beginning a Collaborative Activity - Three Case Studies
Given the challenge of getting started, this article describes some of the experiences we, as teacher educators and teachers in the schools, have had as we became more involved in working together. Many teachers have said that because educational research...
Until There Is Acceptance
Recreation and social activities empower gay and lesbian youth to overcome the shame and self-hatred society places on them. An estimated 7.2 million gay and lesbian youth in the United States are rejected, ostracized, abused, condemned, and victimized....