ERIC Number: ED490194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Children at Play: An Evaluation of EW/NSC's Socialized Recess Program
Reumann-Moore, Rebecca; Suess, Gretchen
Research for Action
EducationWorks (EW) contracted with Research for Action (RFA) to research and evaluate its socialized recess (SR) program conducted by Education-Works/National School and Community Corps (NSCC) teams which are based full-time in individual public schools. The purpose of this research was to give EW/NSCC deeper insights into the accomplishments and challenges of the program and to suggest ideas for program improvement. This research consisted of both in-depth qualitative data collection and surveys of corpsmembers and school staff. For the qualitative research, RFA observed multiple socialized recess periods at four school sites and interviewed thirty-five representatives of both EducationWorks and school staff. For the survey component, RFA conducted the NSCC Recess Survey about recess programming among both corpsmembers (N=27) and school staff (N=35), with the help of NSCC team leaders. The overall response rate was lower than expected, with surveys returned from seven out of 17 schools. Despite the relatively low number of schools and individuals that completed and returned surveys, the survey findings provide useful triangulation for the qualitative data; thus, the authors have included survey data in the report as appropriate. Finally, this report draws on data from a separate survey of seventy-five corps-members conducted by RFA for EW/NSCC; it provides data about corpsmember training needs relevant to SR work. This research indicates that the vast majority of school staff interviewed and surveyed thought that NSCC's socialized recess program provided significant benefit to their school. (Contains 4 charts and 6 tables.)
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Socialization, Recreational Programs, Public Schools, Elementary Schools, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Interviews
Research for Action, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Web site: http://www.researchforaction.org; Tel: 215-823-2500; Fax: 215-823-2510.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.