Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
McKenzie Lindahl & Emma Musachio
The practice of school recess is explored including its benefits, obstacles, and policies. Academic literature provided research indicating a myriad of benefits including academic or cognitive, behavioral, health, and social emotional development, while challenges with implementing school recess are described as allocation of time as well as supervision, safety, and bullying. Current policies regarding recess are divided into two categories: requiring students be given a recess period and the issue of withholding recess. Original research was conducted with a mixed methods design by an electronic survey, where Minnesota elementary school principals were surveyed regarding recess in their schools. The data collected in this research generally affirmed the academic literature with regards to the benefits, obstacles, and policies surrounding school recess. Based on these findings, the author concluded that there are significant benefits, and while there may be some challenges with implementing a successful recess program, recess is an important component of the school day. Accordingly, policy should support recess programs, ensuring that elementary school children are provided recess and recess should not be withheld for disciplinary reasons.
Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)
Brain-based Learning, Classroom Management, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Educational Policy
McMullan, Amy, "School Recess: Benefits, Obstacles, and Policy" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4536.
School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations