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ERIC Number: EJ1137793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Time to Play: Recognizing the Benefits of Recess
Ramstetter, Catherine; Murray, Robert
American Educator, v41 n1 p17-23, 43 Spr 2017
Given the evidence of the value of recess for children and teachers, what can educators, schools, and districts do to promote this critical aspect of the education of the whole child? Daily decisions about who gets recess and when and where it will happen are often made by teachers; thus, teachers are a crucial link for recess. Policies that support daily recess for all children are also essential, especially when it comes to the practice of withholding some or all of recess for disciplinary reasons. In this article, the authors describe recess and the importance of play, discuss the current state of recess in schools and integrating recess into school culture, and describe promising programs that expand our understanding of why recess and play are crucial.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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