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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

http://naecs.crc.uiuc.edu/position/recessplay.html

 

Recess for Elementary School Students:  A Position Paper from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education

http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/pdf_files/pos_papers/RecessforElementarySchoolStudents.pdf

also:

http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/pdf_files/pos_papers/current_res.pdf#search=%22elementary%20school%20recess%22

 

The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds (from the American Academy of Pediatrics)

http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;119/1/182

 

Play:  Essential for All Children – A Position Paper of the Association for Childhood Education International

http://acei.org/playpaper.htm

 

The Whole Child (from the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development)

http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/clearinghouse/74/14/7414.pdf

 

Elementary Schools Should Provide Daily Recesses in Addition to Planned Physical Education for All Students (resolution from the American School Health Association)

http://www.ashaweb.org/files/public/Resolutions/Recess.pdf

 

Physical Education and Recess State Policy Classification System from the National Cancer Institute

http://dccps.nci.nih.gov/hprb/data_systems.html

 

The Role of Recess in Children’s Cognitive Performance and School Adjustment

https://www.aera.net/uploadedFiles/Publications/Journals/Educational_Researcher/3401/2672-03_Pellegrini.pdf

 

The Fourth R: Recess and its link to learning

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4013/is_200110/ai_n8993009/print

 

Give me that old-time recess:  Research shows that unstructured play during the school day is essential for kids’ cognitive and social development

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc.aspx?id=1G1:161022742

 

Recess—Time Well Spent!

www.timeday.org/pdf/newsletter_february_2006/Recess_Project.pdf

 

Bibliography from Strong Museum

http://strongmuseum.org/about_play/recess_play.html

 

 

Playing Ethics (scroll down to find article)

http://www.ipausa.org/newslettersummer2007.htm

 

Survey Finds Young Boys Failing in Schools Across the U.S.

http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-04/2006-04-13-voa4.cfm?CFID=148068873&CFTOKEN=85286748

 

The Demise of Recess

http://www.parenthood.com/articles.html?article_id=8488

 

Rethinking Recess:  As More Schools Trim Breaks, New Research Points to Value of Unstructured Playtime

http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116044203663787613-0lbK_m4N_z1bnVz3sbqQZ61YwDE_20071010.html

 

Development Experts Say Children Suffer Due To Lack of Unstructured Fun

http://www.post-gazette.com/lifestyle/20021001childsplay1001fnp3.asp

 

Creative Play Makes Better Problem Solvers

http://www.post-gazette.com/lifestyle/20021002childsplay3.asp

 

Experts Call Unstructured Play Essential to Children’s Growth

http://www.post-gazette.com/lifestyle/20021003childsplay3.asp

 

When Did Recess Become a Dirty Word? (a power point paper which cites many studies showing play enhances learning)

http://www.csuchico.edu/kine/tasp/06prespapers/patterecesspaper.ppt

 

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.

 

 

Additional resources

 

Recess, Play and Learning Studies (list of research studies from the web site of Strong National Museum of Play)

http://strongmuseum.org/about_play/recess_play.html

 

The Importance of Play

http://www.playcore.com/The-Importance-of-Play.pdf

 

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).

http://www.huliq.com/16209/national-museum-of-play-releases-research-on-school-recess

 

 

Child’s Play:  Demise of play bodes ill for healthy childhood development

http://www.utexas.edu/features/2007/playgrounds

 

The American Association of the Child’s Right to Play:

http://www.ipausa.org/recessresearch.htm

 

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Digest”, July 2002, Olga S. Jarrett

http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-2/recess.html

 

Parent Teacher Association:  See page 3 – “Child Health and Wellness”

http://www.pta.org/documents/PublicPolicyProgram07-09_update.pdf

 

 
 
 
 
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