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. 79, No. 3, March

2008 National Convention & Exposition
Take Time: Celebrate Life Together! The theme for the convention, Take Time: Celebrate Life Together! intends to convey the message that we will once again come together, as so many of our predecessors have done, and take time to celebrate life...
A Model for Developing and Assessing Tactical Decision-Making Competency in Game Play: This Framework Will Help Teachers Develop Age-Appropriate Instruction and Assessment Tools
All teachers want their students to become better game players who are motivated to participate in and outside of class. Students need to learn how to make good tactical decisions, in addition to being skilled movers, in order to become competent game...
Assessing Skill in Educational Gymnastics: By Using Standards-Based Learning Goals and Progressively More Complex Criteria, Teachers Can Create Appropriate Assessments
The National Standards for Physical Education (National Association for Sport and Physical Education [NASPE], 2004) provides, at each grade level, sample performance outcomes that identify students' progress toward achieving each standard. Many of...
Bowling for a Lifetime Using Sport Education: As One of the Most Popular Participatory Sports, Bowling Merits a Place in the Curriculum
With adolescents becoming physically inactive as they age, one must think of other activities to teach during the middle and secondary years in physical education. Traditional team sports (e.g., basketball, flag football, soccer) seem not to be promoting...
Maximizing Peak Running on Race Day: Here's How to Avoid the Five Big Race-Day Mistakes
Distance runners spend many hours training assiduously for competition, yet on race day they can often make mistakes that sabotage their performance. This article addresses five common race-day mistakes: (1) failure to bring proper equipment to the...
Preparing Elementary and Early Childhood Majors to Be Movement Educators a Home-School Approach: One Program Fills Two Needs, as Nonspecialists Gain Vital Field Experiences and Home-Schooled Children Receive Quality Instruction
Field experiences in the training of preservice teachers (PTs) play an important role in most colleges of education. While some concerns have been expressed about the effectiveness of field experiences (Feiman-Nemser & Buchmann, 1986), the benefits,...
Reaching Our Goals through Effective Communication
Public school districts and private or parochial school boards are continually assessing their budgets to do a better job of providing a multitude of services for their students. It is logical that physical educators want their programs to be included...
The Boundaries of First Amendment Speech for Public School Students
Morse v. Frederick U.S. Supreme Court 127 S. Ct. 2618 June 25, 2007 "It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. This has been the...