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. 76, No. 7, September

Addressing Technology Standards: What Is the Role of the Physical Educator?
It seems that everywhere we look today we see standards: National Standards for Physical Education, National Beginning Teacher Standards, National Board Certification Standards, and National Educational Technology Standards for Students. The International...
A Self-Report Measure of Physical Activity
There are multiple approaches to measuring physical activity. Among these are direct observation, electronic monitoring, direct and indirect calorimetry, and self-report instruments. Self-report instruments are the most practical and cost effective...
Childhood Obesity and Early Onset of Adult Diseases
Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which previously affected only adults, have begun to show up with increasing frequency in youths in recent years. The primary cause is the growing number of overweight and obese children. A two-year study,...
Effective Mentoring: A Case for Training Mentors for Novice Teachers. Training Mentors for New Teachers Will Increase the Quality of the Mentors and Will Encourage Veteran Teachers to Undertake the Task of Mentoring Their Colleagues
When you were new to teaching, did you have a mentor who was important in helping you survive that first year in your new job? Mentoring has been used in many professional-development settings to support individuals new to a profession. In particular,...
Geocaching: 21st-Century Hide-and-Seek. This High-Tech Form of Orienteering Offers Physical Educators Abundant Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Lessons
Looking for a new adventure that combines technology and physical activity with nature? Try geocaching (pronounced geocashing)! Geocachers use Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and satellite data to search and find hidden treasures (or caches)...
Implementing IEP or 504 Goals and Objectives into General Physical Education: What Does the Physical Educator Do When a Student with a Disability Has Goals and Objectives That Differ from the Class Goals and Objectives?
Pierre, a second-grade student, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to ambulate. He is very social and enjoys interaction with his peers. Pierre has a paraeducator named Maria, who is assigned to assist him. His Individualized Education Program...
Introducing Improvisational Skills through Rhythm Tap: Whether Used in a Dance Class or in a Physical Education Dance Unit, These Simple Exercises Will Overcome Students' Inhibitions and Encourage Their Creative Abilities
Rhythm tap is sweeping the nation as an outlet for self-expression. Also known as "jazz tap" or "percussive tap," this art form's dominant focus is musicality, improvisation, simple-to-complex rhythms, and new styles. It reaches beyond technique and...
Is It Better for PE/kinesiology Graduate Assistants to Teach University Activity Classes, or for Athletic Coaches to Teach These Classes?
The most qualified and effective teacher should teach. Departments should have a process to evaluate instructors, improve deficiencies, and remove ineffective instructors. Input from students, teachers, and administrators should be considered. Graduate...
Nontraditional Seasons for Female Sports Programs: Discriminatory or Not?
McCormick v. The School District of Mamaroneck 370 F.3d 275 June 4, 2004 Barry McCormick and Josef Geldwert brought suit on behalf of their respective daughters, Katherine and Emily, then freshman athletes in the New York State Public School...
Red Alert: Gender Equity Issues in Secondary Physical Education
Secondary physical education, more specifically, the learning environment in mixed-gender physical education, is on red alert. Although physical educators face a myriad of problems--such as overcrowded classrooms, poor equipment and facilities, a time-crunched...
Sports Participation Trends
Do you want to know whether you are participating in a "popular" sport? Take a look at the results of the "Sports Participation in 2004" survey, the latest annual report by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). The survey charts current participation...
Standards and Practice for K-12 Physical Education in Japan: In Both Content and Approach, Japanese Physical Education Exhibits Similarities to, and Differences from, Physical Education in the United States
The following two articles conclude this two-part feature. In the August issue, after an introduction by feature editor Lynn Dale Housner, Guoli Liang, Richard T. Walls, and Chunlei Lu discussed physical education in China. This was followed by Sang...
Standards and Practice for K-12 Physical Education in Singapore: Although Physical Education Is Required at All Grade Levels in Singapore, Physical Educators There Still Battle Marginalization of Their Subject
To understand and appreciate the current standards and practices of physical education in Singapore, a brief review of history is warranted. Before 1984, physical education teachers were trained through course electives offered at the Teachers' Training...
The Ultimate PE Challenge
Anticipation built among the fifth graders as their teacher informed them that their next physical education unit would be different than they were used to. The students would be traveling through North America, using new equipment, working in teams,...