ERIC Number: EJ1173426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Perceptions of the Effect of Recess on Kindergartners
Martin, Hannah; Farrell, Antomia; Gray, James; Clark, Teresa B.
Physical Educator, v75 n2 p245-254 2018
Time spent in the outdoors has been proven to benefit individuals of all ages mentally and physically. For example, exposure to nature reduces stress levels, induces relaxation, and provides Vitamin D. Prior research has linked free play outdoors to helping elementary children focus better in the classroom, reducing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, reducing the risk of nearsightedness, and producing happier, healthier children. As result of various legislative acts, school districts have felt more pressure to increase academic performance, oftentimes reducing or eliminating recess. This study extends prior research by focusing on parent, college student, and teacher perspectives on how important play, such as recess, is to them as a parent, student, and/or educator. The findings indicate that all of the focus groups perceive recess to be highly important for the many health, social, and behavioral benefits.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Student Attitudes, Recess Breaks, Play, Preschool Teachers, Parents, Preschool Children, College Students, Student Behavior, Recreational Activities, Playgrounds, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Student Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Child Health, Health Promotion, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Tennessee; Texas
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