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ERIC Number: EJ978087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0273-5024
Children's Recess Physical Activity: Movement Patterns and Preferences
Woods, Amelia Mays; Graber, Kim C.; Daum, David Newman
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v31 n2 p146-162 Apr 2012
The benefits of recess can be reaped by all students regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender and at relatively little cost. The purpose of this study was to examine physical activity (PA) variables related to the recess PA patterns of third and fourth grade children and the social preferences and individuals influencing their PA (friends and parents). Data were collected on students (N = 115) utilizing the System of Observing Children's Activity and Relationships during Play (SOCARP) instrument. In addition, each child was interviewed during the recess period in which SOCARP was completed. Results found that boys spent significantly more time being very active (t (95.64) = 3.252, d = 0.62, p less than 0.008) than girls and preferred sport activities (t = (73.62) 5.64, d = 1.14, p less than 0.0125) in large groups (t (69.34) = 4.036, d = 0.83, p less than 0.0125). Meanwhile, girls preferred locomotor activities (t (113) = 3.19, d = 0.60, p less than 0.0125), sedentary activities (t (113) = 2.829, d = 0.53, p less than 0.0125) and smaller groups (t (112.63) = 4.259, d = 0.79, p less than 0.0125). All 115 participants indicated that they wanted to spend time with their friends during recess. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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