March 2018


JOPERD: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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  March 2018 (Volume 89, Issue 3)

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How Today’s Mentoring Relationships Can Influence Tomorrow’s Physical EducationHow Today’s Mentoring Relationships Can Influence Tomorrow’s Physical Education
Nicole McCluney, Ashley Fallaize, & Paul Schempp

Mentors perform two primary functions for protégés: career development and psycho-social support. The purpose of this article is to describe effective functions mentors can use to assist in both the personal and professional development of protégés.

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Coordinating Effective Field Experiences: Recommendations for Cooperating Teachers
Kelsey McEntyre, Deborah Baxter, & K. Andrew R. Richards

This article explores best practices for coordinating field experiences with a focus on the role of cooperating teacher. A conceptual model for understanding how coordinated efforts promote successful socialization is developed, and practices for effective supervision are discussed.

Most Physically Educated Contest
Kevin Mercier & Thomas Howard

The purpose of this article is to share with readers, the process of developing, organizing, and executing a Most Physically Educated Contest so that others could replicate the event in their setting.

Assessment Competence through ‘In Situ’ Practice for Preservice Educators
Kimberly Hurley

Teacher preparation programs should provide learning opportunities for pre-service teachers that aid in development of assessment competencies. Assessment opportunities and practice at school sites with P-12 students in real-time (i.e.,‘in situ’) can expedite development of measurement and evaluation skills that facilitate novice teachers’ success in their own classrooms. Examples of ‘in situ’ practices are provided in this article.

Engaging Students in Designing Movement: The Divergent Discovery Style of Teaching
Constantine Chatoupis

The purpose of this article was to discuss the implementation of the divergent discovery style of teaching. A planning tool has been proposed and exemplified to aid the physical education teacher in designing problems/questions. Also, a sample task sheet for use by students has been presented and certain guidelines to follow when style H is implemented have been highlighted.

Assistive Technology: What Physical Educators Need to Know
Michael Laughlin, Nathan Murata, Michele Gonnelli, & John Larranaga

Assistive technology supplements and supports learning endeavors for students with disabilities in school and at home. This article provides physical educators with a working knowledge of the assistive technology process along with recommendations for supporting their students with disabilities.

Inappropriate Practices in Fitness Testing and Reporting: Alternative Strategies
Xihe Zhu, Summer Davis, Tiffany Kirk, Justin Haegele, & Stephen Knott

This article reports inappropriate practices that are sometimes observed in the field and in the laboratory when researchers examine teacher reported fitness data. These practices include (a) doing only the minimum to meet the test criteria, (b) not testing students with disabilities through exemptions, (c) testing a few students on display while having others as audience, (d) compromising the tests by being too flexible or helpful, (e) testing without teaching, and (f) fabricating test results.


Recent Rulings from the Courts Affecting HPERD Professionals: Return-to-Play Laws
Tonya L. Sawyer

The family of a high school football player filed suit against the high school after their son suffered a concussion during team practice which resulted in the young athlete’s death, due to the school’s failure to follow “return to play” procedures.

Teaching Plyometric Drills to Children: A Skill-Theme Approach
Ferman Konukman & Murat Erdogan

Considering the concerns that exist related to the risks and effectiveness of the plyometric training for children, the purpose of this article is to provide practical and developmentally appropriate teaching guidelines and examples of plyometric exercises to promote active and healthy lifestyles as well as athletic achievement in children.

Dance Partners Making Meaningful Connections
Stephen L. Cone & Theresa P. Cone

This article describes a physical activity program that matches Rowan University health and physical education majors with students from a secondary school for students with disabilities, and creates student connections through dance.

Physical Literacy: When the Sum of the Parts Is Greater than the Whole
Dean Dudley

This article explores whether the proper use and promotion of the concept of ‘physical literacy’ could be the key to achieving the goals of physical education.