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Ingalls, Joan S. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
This article describes five improvisational theater games for building "teams" in the classroom and on the sports field. Particular attention is given to understanding how teams must challenge the hyper-individuality of modern culture. Improvisational theater games for team building are designed to help participants find a balance…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Theater Arts, Educational Games, Teamwork
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Beaudoin, Christina; Parker, Tonya; Tiemersma, Karol; Lewis, Colleen – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
This article presents the results of a survey of student and faculty perspectives within a university-level instructional physical activity (PA) program. The results revealed that students enrolled in the courses primarily for enjoyment and to stay fit. A majority of students ranked the quality of instruction as excellent, were interested in new…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers
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Whisenhunt, Julia L.; Heidorn, Brent – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
The intentional injury of one's own body, otherwise known as self-injury, is a relatively common phenomenon among adolescents today. Although many students self-injure, physical educators should not consider self-injury a normal developmental experience that does not warrant attention. Rather, physical educators are encouraged to recognize…
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Role, Self Destructive Behavior, Injuries
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Egan, Catherine A.; Webster, Collin A. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
Recently, there has been growing attention on the importance of the staff involvement component of a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP). In particular, classroom teachers (CTs) are increasingly being called upon to promote physical activity (PA) in their classrooms as part of the PA during school component of a CSPAP.…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Education, Health Promotion, Physical Education Teachers
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Koekoek, Jeroen; van der Mars, Hans; van der Kamp, John; Walinga, Wytse; van Hilvoorde, Ivo – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
The rapid development of digital technology has expanded the prospects and promises for its application in physical education programs. Physical educators are becoming increasingly interested in technology but often remain inadequately equipped to effectively integrate these technological resources in their daily practice, and/or lack the…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Games, Physical Education, Technology Uses in Education
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Stewart, Gregory L.; Webster, Collin A. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
The high rates of overweight and obesity continue to be a major health concern in the United States. Teachers and teacher training programs too often overlook students who are overweight and obese and their experiences in physical education. This article reviews literature on the perceptions of overweight students regarding physical education and…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Role, Obesity
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Finn, Kevin E.; Yan, Zi; McInnis, Kyle J. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
Outdoor education programs have been shown to have a positive effect on the educational, physical and emotional development of youth. They are increasingly being used to foster a sense of community in schools and to provide students with learning opportunities related to the environment. This article describes an integrated outdoor education…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Science Education
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Yun, Joonkoo; Beamer, Jennifer – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
The importance of physical activity has received considerable attention during the past decade. Physical education has been viewed as a cost-effective way to promote physical activity as a public health initiative. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that a "substantial percentage" of students' overall…
Descriptors: Adapted Physical Education, Physical Activities, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation
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Watterson, Thomas; Wells, Gayle; Claxton, David; Grube, Dan – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
Each year, health and physical education representatives converge at our nation's capital for the SHAPE America SPEAK Out! Day to advocate for health and physical education and its current initiatives. This endeavor has grown to include over 200 representatives from 46 different states. In recent years, this program has become very successful in…
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Advocacy, Health Promotion, Physical Education
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Morey, Melissa; Ennis, Robin Parks; Katsiyannis, Antonis – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
Engaging in physical activity is important for school-age children, as it promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. However, barriers to participation in physical education and athletics often prevent students with disabilities from engaging in these important activities. There are several legal precedents that should be considered as schools seek…
Descriptors: Athletics, Student Participation, Disabilities, Barriers
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Langley, Katherine; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
The purpose of this article is to explore staff physical activity programs in the school setting, describe a viable option for a staff walking program in an elementary school, and determine elementary school staff members' participation and perceptions in one such program. Previous research has shown that placing a focus on staff involvement and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Physical Activities, Program Development, Program Implementation
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Chng, Lena; Gurvitch, Rachel – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
Written tests are one of the most common assessment tools classroom teachers use today. Despite its popularity, administering written tests or surveys, especially in health and physical education settings, is time consuming. In addition to the time taken to type and print out the tests or surveys, health and physical education teachers must grade…
Descriptors: Health Education, Physical Education, Cost Effectiveness, Physical Education Teachers
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Johnson, Tyler G.; Twietmeyer, Gregg – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
The term "the practice of physical activity" was recently introduced as one of the four elements of the American Kinesiology Association undergraduate core curriculum. The purpose of this article is to articulate the nature of the term by offering a philosophical justification (other than health) for including physical activity…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Kinetics, Undergraduate Study, Academic Degrees
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O'Neil, Kason; Richards, K. Andrew R. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
Teacher education programs across the country are being asked to systematically and deliberately recruit teacher candidates who are not only highly qualified, but represent diverse backgrounds. Coupled with dwindling enrollments, these programs may want to reevaluate the types of students recruited into a career in physical education. This article…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Socialization
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Blocker, Danielle; Wahl-Alexander, Zachary – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
At a majority of colleges and universities around the country, basic activity courses are taught predicated on teaching students basic skills and instilling healthy habits. The purpose of this article is to outline and describe a physical conditioning course that utilized the sport education (SE) model and emphasized outside engagement to instill…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Athletics, Physical Activity Level, Team Sports
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