Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

National Recess Survey: Parental and Child Attitudes toward Recess. (Leisure and Recreation)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

National Recess Survey: Parental and Child Attitudes toward Recess. (Leisure and Recreation)

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Elementary school recess is at risk of being eliminated from school curriculums. Proponents of this position believe that the child's time could be better spent in the classroom. With this trend becoming more the norm, one must question, "Are we robbing children of childhood play experiences?" Therefore the purpose of the study was to: (1) gauge the support of recent divisions to eliminate recess in various schools across the United States, (2) determine the value of and lessons learned during recess, (3) compare the amount of after school time allotted to homework and unstructured play for today's children versus parents of those children, (4) assess the differences in conflict resolution that arise/arose during recess, (5) determine the games that 6-12-year-olds play during school recess, (6) determine the games that current parents of 6-12-year-olds played during recess as children, and (7) understand the generation differences/similarities in organized recess activities/recreation versus more unstructured games. Telephone interviews were conducted among parents who (a) had at least one child between the ages of 6 and 12 years, and (b) gave permission to conduct a shorter, similar interview with a child in their household between the ages of 6-12. …

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