The Advantages of Transforming AAHPERD into a Professional Physical Education Organization

By Davis, Kathy | JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, November-December 2011 | Go to article overview

The Advantages of Transforming AAHPERD into a Professional Physical Education Organization


Davis, Kathy, JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance


I became a member of AAHPERD fin 1974, through tine National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS, formerly DGWS}, when I was a freshman physical education major at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. In these past 37 years, I have seen AAHPERD deemphasize its "physical education" roots, and move into a more fragmented collection of associations that are all related, but struggle for identity. With an alliance structure, the very nature of separate associations seems to build walls between us. Now, the AAHPERD Board of Governors and the Alliance Assembly have both voted to move AAHPERD in another direction--into one unified organization with one unified, focused mission.

There are many reasons for the unification, not the least of which is to emphasize our commonalities. Some colleagues would say that the reason for this change is economic--AAHPERD membership has declined more than 20 percent since 1998, and some of AAHPERD's associations are struggling financially. Others would say the reason for the change is relevance--several of the national associations have reviewed their current roles and missions within AAHPERD and have made proposals for where they can be housed in the future. Still others see the reason for change as a need for efficiency--AAHPERD is an organization that lacks a congruent mission and is "trying to be all things to all people" in a very fragmented field (Zeigler, 2010}. Lastly, others would say that the reason for change is that AAHPERD needs to "keep up with the times" or join the "physical activity" bandwagon in order to survive. In this editorial, I would like to examine each of these reasons, and advocate for the advantages of reorganizing into a unified "physical education" professional organization.

The Economy

While the economy has certainly played a role in the declining financial position of AAHPERD, we need to concentrate on our common beliefs and goals across all areas. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) has been able to find financial resources through its Corporate Council, grant funding from many sources, and partnerships with collegial associations (e.g. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], American Heart Association [AHA], etc.). Members of the new organization could share this success across various interest areas. Why not capitalize on the success of NASPE and focus on NASPE's primary mission of physical education and sport? With 200,000 physical educators across the United States who are potential AAHPERD members, why would AAHPERD want to reorganize away from one of its biggest assets?

Relevance

Several of AAHPERD's national associations have been undergoing changes. The American Association for Health Education (AAHE) has already expressed its desire to leave AAHPERD and join another organization that might better meet its needs. A large number of our physical education members need training and professional development in health education (because they also teach health), which could be provided by our colleagues in AAHE. About a year ago, NAGWS initiated a move to become a council under the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). Having been a member of NAGWS from the beginning of my career, I know that NAGWS has always been an advocate for girls and women in sport, which could be integrated into the mission of NASPE in a thoughtful manner to ensure the identity and future of NAGWS.

Although it is the second largest association in AAHPERD, AAPAR initiated a merger with NASPE last year because of the two associations' closely related missions. They saw the potential strength of merging the two associations with very complementary missions into one even stronger association. I was encouraged to see that reasonable professionals could look objectively at two associations and work out the details of a merger that focused on the strengths of each association. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Advantages of Transforming AAHPERD into a Professional Physical Education Organization
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.