Researcher Studies Recess

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Researcher Studies Recess

Published on August 27 2014


Dr. Lauren McNamara (CHYS) has received a Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) grant to study various factors that challenge schools to provide students with meaningful and beneficial experiences at recess.  These experiences are important because the non-academic time spent on the playground benefits childrens' physical and social development, which, in turn, benefits their academic time in the classroom.  Dr. McNamara will use her CRISS grant to administer a Canada-wide survey of principals in order to discover what is happening on school playgrounds during recess.  According to Dr. McNamara, "there is a significant gap in the scholarly literature on recess in Canada. This on-line, anonymous questionnaire invites principals from across the country to share their experiences with recess in their schools. Questions are designed to invite a broad array of descriptive responses: the number of children on the playground, student to supervisor ratio, liability concerns, access to equipment, indoor recess, attitudes and beliefs, challenges, efficacy, and innovative practices."  Please contact Dr. McNamara for details about this research project.