Research at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo

Whether you are in the classroom teaching the next generation of health and physical educators, or conducting research that elevates our profession and leads to classroom solutions, you will find sessions of interest at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo. With nearly 350 research abstracts being presented as oral, poster or roundtable sessions, this conference will provide access to timely and rigorous research findings in the topical areas of teaching and learning, adapted physical education, exercise science, measurement, motor behavior, physical activity, health promotion, sociocultural, social justice, and coaching.

In 2018 the Research Council featured three research symposia (Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Conceptions and Findings, Descriptive Survey of Grant-Funded APE Teachers' Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions, Studies Illustrating Theoretical/Conceptual Contributions to the CSPAP Knowledge Base) and oral sessions on Sociocultural and Social Justice in Higher Education and Physical Activity and Fitness among Individuals with Disabilities. The addition of a roundtable format, provided 16 researchers with an opportunity to share their work with interested professionals, exchange ideas, network, and build collaborations.

Take a look at last year's line up and please join us in Tampa for the 2019 SHAPE America Convention & Expo.

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Lecture

Established in 2006, the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Lecture provides for in-depth coverage of a research topic and an opportunity to give formal peer recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the research represented in the sections of the RQES.



Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper

RQES Lecture: Aerobics, 50 Years Later and its Impact Worldwide

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, the “Father of Aerobics” and the founder and chairman emeritus of The Cooper Institute in Dallas, will present Aerobics, 50 Years Later and its Impact Worldwide.

When Aerobics was published in 1968, the interest in exercise from medical professionals and the public was extremely low. In fact, numerous newspaper articles predicted that the streets would be full of dead joggers if people followed my recommendations. Yet, that didn’t happen and during the past 50 years, it’s been proven that “Exercise is Medicine.” How was this accomplished and what role did Aerobics play in that determination? This lecture will attempt to answer that question.



C. H. McCloy Research Lecture and Breakfast

The C. H. McCloy Memorial Lecture provides for in-depth coverage of a research topic and an opportunity to give formal peer recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to HPERD through their research efforts. The lecture also provides a form of continuing recognition for Charles H. McCloy, one of the great pioneer scientists and leaders of the profession. The C. H. McCloy Research Lecture was inaugurated at the 1980 National Convention and Exposition.



Barbara E. Ainsworth, Arizona State University

Utility of the Youth Compendium of Physical Activities

The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities is a list of the energy costs of 196 physical activities and sedentary behaviors performed by youth ages 6-18. The Youth Compendium was developed to reflect changes in physical activity energy costs as children grow and mature.

Youth MET values were developed from laboratory studies measuring the oxygen cost of physical activities. The Youth Compendium can be used by researchers, health care professionals, teachers and coaches, and fitness professionals to guide public health policy making, education, and interventions to encourage physical activity in youth.



SHAPE America Scholar

The SHAPE America Scholar Award is presented in recognition of research/creative activities which enrich the depth and scope of health, leisure, sport, dance and related activities.



Phillip Ward, The Ohio State University

Current and Future Challenges to Physical Education Teacher Education and Teaching

In this lecture I analyze and discuss the current, and soon to arrive, challenges in teacher education and in teaching physical education. I begin with describing the current context of the teacher pipeline in general and then in physical education, with particular emphasis on admissions to teacher education programs, teacher preparation and the job environment. I examine the pressure points, indicate where relief might occur and also where there appears no relief is in sight.

In doing so I will share the personal, practical and policy implications of the current context we face as teacher educators and teachers while recognizing that these have all yet to be played out in their entirety.



Raymond A. Weiss Research Lecture

The purpose of the Raymond A. Weiss Lecture is to support a scholarly presentation by an individual in the arts and sciences who is an outstanding leader and who has made an important contribution to his or her field, and who has ties to one or more of the fields of HPERD.



James C. Hannon, Kent State University

So much data, so little change, so what now?

We have amassed a significant amount of data driven evidence supporting the importance of physical activity throughout the school day on a variety of physical, psychological, and cognitive outcomes. Besides filling issues of our most prestigious journals, allowing scholars to obtain tenure and promotion at their respective institutions, what change in policy and practice have we truly made?

This talk will focus around the extensive amount of evidence, particularly over the past 20 years, supporting the importance of regularly scheduled physical activity in the school day. Further, we will discuss the minimal progress made in policy change and practice and stimulate thought and discussion of what we can do, or opportunities that we might seize in order to make more significant strides forward.



Graduate Student Forum

Theme: Get to know faculty members in PETE and learn about the grant process

The Graduate student forum this year will be a work shop titled: 'how to get that job'. A handful of reputable scholars with an array of different positions within health and physical education will facilitate a round the table workshop. Students will gain information on the job recruitment process, along with the opportunity to ask questions related to prospective jobs.

Research Symposiums

Teaching and Learning symposium - Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Conceptions and Findings

Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and content knowledge (CK) have undergone significant changes in their conceptions and in the methodologies used to measure them the past 5-10 years. In this symposium, the authors present current conceptions of both PCK and CK as well as methodological strategies used to collect data in studies that examine preservice and practicing teachers' understanding of content knowledge and their use of content in their practice of teaching.

Adapted Physical Education symposium - Descriptive Survey of Grant-Funded APE Teachers' Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions

This study examined physical education teachers’ perceptions of their knowledge, skills, and dispositions, who received federal funding and training from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in Adapted Physical Education (APE). The OSEP offers grant opportunities to institutions of higher education, non-profits, and other educational agencies grant opportunity to develop highly qualified adapted physical education teachers.

Physical Activity and Health Promotion symposium - Studies Illustrating Theoretical/Conceptual Contributions to the CSPAP Knowledge Base

As the research literature on comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAPs) continues to grow, identifying variables that facilitate successful program implementation and sustainability is a priority area of focus. Theoretical and conceptual models outline variables hypothesized to influence outcomes of interest. The purpose of this symposium is to present five studies, which used theoretical/conceptual perspectives to frame the development of CSPAP-based interventions, and demonstrate how theoretical/conceptual framing can significantly advance CSPAP research and practice.

Check out the full 2014 & 2015 RQES Writing Award articles here.

Distinguished Lectures 

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