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ERIC Number: EJ1179091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Evidence-Based Strategies for Socially, Emotionally and Physically Beneficial School Recess
Massey, William V.; Stellino, Megan B.; Claassen, Jennette; Dykstra, Samantha; Henning, Andrea
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v89 n5 p48-52 2018
Health and education disparities continue to persist in low-income communities, and in communities with a high proportion of racial and ethnic minorities. Despite recess being a main contributor to children's school-based physical activity (PA), children in the aforementioned communities have less access to recess opportunities. The purpose of this article is to present evidence-based strategies and underlying critical success factors for school-based recess implementation that can be used by health and education professionals to increase PA opportunities in urban elementary schools. A brief overview of recess programs is provided, with a specific focus on Playworks--a national non-profit organization focused on providing safe and engaging recess for children. A program evaluation of the Playworks program was conducted through 15 focus groups and 13 semi-structured interviews. Data from a content analysis was used to identify strategies and critical success factors for recess implementation. These strategies are discussed, with implications for health and education professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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