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Rogers, Chakene D.; Richardson, Michael R.; Churilla, James R. – Journal of School Health, 2022
Background: Recess has been shown to increase total daily energy expenditure, which may favorably impact body mass index by decreasing adiposity. This study examines associations between recess participation and adiposity. Methods: The study sample included male (N = 1434) and female (N = 1409) children 5 to 11 years of age participating in the…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Obesity, Elementary School Students, National Surveys
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Seifert, Tami; Gez, Yoav – International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 2021
The article describes projects that combined experiential learning and gamification with teachers and pupils in junior high school science classes. The pupils planned and designed projects and critiqued the quality of the final products. A field report study model was employed using principles from the world of play in order to better understand…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Game Based Learning, Play, Recess Breaks
King, Kate; Emge, Gina; Palmer, Karla; Wilson, Wendy – National Association of School Nurses, 2019
Recess is an opportunity for students to engage in physical activity and play with fellow students. Aerobic physical activity is positively associated with cognition, academic achievement, behavior and psychosocial functioning outcomes. It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that scheduled recess not be withheld for…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Physical Activities, Child Development, School Nurses
London, Rebecca A. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
As California's elementary schools reopen after prolonged physical closure due to COVID-19, attention to healing the school community will be essential. Although there is wide variation in the timing and formats with which schools plan to reopen, it is clear that when students reenter school buildings they will be eager to reconnect with friends…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Elementary School Students, School Closing, COVID-19
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Kern, Laura; Simonsen, Brandi; Wilkinson, Sarah – Education and Treatment of Children, 2020
The purpose of this literature review is to examine the research base of interventions focused on reducing bullying, aggressive, or inappropriate behavior in recess settings through behavioral-based interventions. This review extends the literature by synthesizing findings from experimental, quasi-experimental, and single-case research on the…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Intervention, Bullying, Aggression
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Mamas, Christoforos; Schaelli, Giovanna Hartmann; Daly, Alan J.; Navarro, Henar R.; Trisokka, Lambri – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2020
The number of students with identified Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in mainstream schools has been rising in the last three decades, primarily due to policy changes promoting inclusive education. However, many of these students remain socially isolated despite expectations that inclusion may lead to enhanced outcomes,…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Students with Disabilities, Inclusion
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Fink, Dale B.; Ramstetter, Catherine L. – Journal of School Health, 2018
Background: The withholding of recess for disciplinary purposes has been acknowledged but studied on a limited basis. The perspectives of children have not been heard at all on this subject. Methods: Our paper draws upon semistructured child interviews, which were one activity within a multifaceted study. A subset of students was interviewed about…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Discipline, Student Attitudes, Teacher Behavior
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Barcelona, Jeanne M.; Centeio, Erin E.; Hijazi, Kowsar; Pedder, Christine – Journal of School Health, 2022
Background: Given levels of sedentary behavior among youth, teachers have been called upon to increase physical activity (PA) by implementing classroom PA breaks. School-based interventions enacted in classroom settings have shown promise in increasing youth PA. Yet little is known about how teacher efficacy toward implementing classroom PA breaks…
Descriptors: Intervention, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Exercise
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Behrens, Timothy K.; Holeva-Eklund, Whitney M.; Luna, Carmen; Carpenter, Dick; Tucker, Elizabeth; Field, Julaine; Kelly, Cheryl – Journal of School Health, 2019
Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate an unstructured and a structured program designed to increase physical activity (PA). The unstructured program increased the amount of equipment during recess, whereas the structured program introduced activities to students. Methods: PA was observed using the System for Observing Play and…
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Life Style, Equipment, Recess Breaks
Miller, James D., II – ProQuest LLC, 2019
This dissertation examined the relationship that additional recess has on office discipline referrals. The relationship between additional recess time and student attendance was also examined in the study. Many research projects have been completed during the No Child Left Behind era where recess was reduced in many schools to allow for more…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Time on Task, Elementary School Students, Discipline
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Tyler, Emily C.; Brazendale, Keith; Hunt, Ethan; Rafferty, Aaron; Beets, Michael W.; Weaver, R. Glenn – Journal of School Health, 2020
Background: In this study, we examined moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) of children in a school district serving children from low-income and minority households. Methods: This observational study was conducted in 8 rural elementary schools in South Carolina. Children (N = 719, age = 7.7 years, 48.0% girls, 88.0% African American)…
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Elementary School Students, Minority Group Students, Low Income Students
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Smith, Sarah C.; Higbee, Thomas S. – Journal of Behavioral Education, 2021
Elementary school teachers transition their students from recess to the classroom multiple times a day. When students do not line up quickly or are disruptive in line, teachers can spend valuable instructional time trying to manage students' inappropriate behaviors. The result is a loss of instructional time that could lead to a decrease in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Recess Breaks, Student Behavior
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Massey, William V.; Thalken, Janelle; Szarabajko, Alexandra; Neilson, Laura; Geldhof, John – Journal of School Health, 2021
Background: A majority of research findings have focused on recess as instrumental to achieving minutes of physical activity rather than focusing on the psycho-social benefits associated with a high-quality recess environment. The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationship between recess quality and teacher-reported social,…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Elementary School Students, Physical Activities, Correlation
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Lassiter, Jill W.; Campbell, Amanda L. – Physical Educator, 2019
This study examined the effect of a physical activity program on student activity during recess and on disruptive classroom behavior. The program was implemented during recess for 5 weeks in a rural elementary school. Prior to and during the program, teachers recorded observations of sedentary students during recess and of disruptive classroom…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Elementary School Students, Physical Activities, Recess Breaks
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Nieto, Paola; Wiskow, Katie M. – Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 2020
A recent intervention, the Step it UP! game (Galbraith & Normand, 2017), consists of an interdependent group contingency to increase student physical activity. In addition, previous research demonstrated that adult interaction may reinforce physical activity (Larson et al., 2014). We extended research on the Step it UP! game by comparing the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Contingency Management, Physical Activity Level, Educational Games
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