Why recess is important
Here is a list of research links and articles on recess:
Bibliography of Articles, Research and Position Papers
The following is a list of some articles, research, and position papers with links. Titles in red are position papers.
RECESS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY: A Position Statement on
Young Children and Recess
National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education
Recess for Elementary School Students: A Position Paper from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education
The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds (from the American Academy of Pediatrics)
Play: Essential for All Children – A Position Paper of the Association for Childhood Education International
The Whole Child (from the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Elementary Schools Should Provide Daily Recesses in Addition to Planned Physical Education for All Students (resolution from the American School Health Association)
Physical Education and Recess State Policy Classification System from the National Cancer Institute
The Role of Recess in Children’s Cognitive Performance and School Adjustment
The Fourth R: Recess and its link to learning
Give me that old-time recess: Research shows that unstructured play during the school day is essential for kids’ cognitive and social development
Recess—Time Well Spent!
Bibliography from Strong Museum
Playing Ethics (scroll down to find article)
Survey Finds Young Boys Failing in Schools Across the U.S.
The Demise of Recess
Rethinking Recess: As More Schools Trim Breaks, New Research Points to Value of Unstructured Playtime
Development Experts Say Children Suffer Due To Lack of Unstructured Fun
Creative Play Makes Better Problem Solvers
Experts Call Unstructured Play Essential to Children’s Growth
When Did Recess Become a Dirty Word? (a power point paper which cites many studies showing play enhances learning)
School Recess Improves Behavior http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/school-recess-improves-behavior/?apage=3#comments
Recess Makes for Better Students http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20090126/hl_hsn/recessmakesforbetterstudentsttp://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20090126/hl_hsn/recessmakesforbetterstudents
Making the Grade www.medicalcitymagazine.com See the Spring 2009 issue.
Recess, Play and Learning Studies (list of research studies from the web site of Strong National Museum of Play)
The Importance of Play
Texas Study Supports Recess: A study of recess in three Texas Schools
K. L. Hutchison, “A Case Study of Classroom Change in Three Texas Schools: Third-grade Recess Policy and Practice in a Context of High Stakes Testing,” University of Texas at San Antonio (2005).
Child’s Play: Demise of play bodes ill for healthy childhood development
The American Association of the Child’s Right to Play:
“Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Digest”, July 2002, Olga S. Jarrett
Parent Teacher Association: See page 3 – “Child Health and Wellness”