Professor Researched the Importance of Recess in Public Schools
Wichita State University physical education professor Rick Pappas is providing research to Kansas public schools on the importance of recess as a scheduled part of the school day.
Pappas started looking into the importance of unstructured physical activity in 2014, when the Kansas State Department of Education collaborated with the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The two received a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to garner information about the condition of recess in Kansas, done through a survey of Kansas elementary schools.
Even though the majority of elementary schools get recess, the periods are very short, said Pappas. They even found seven schools in Kansas that don’t have recess at all.
“Most jobs have coffee breaks in the morning, they have coffee breaks in the afternoon, and people will get up and move when they go to staff meetings or in services,” said Pappas. “Yet we expect kids to sit all morning and afternoon besides lunch recess, and that’s just not good for them.”
It’s a common misconception that keeping children in the classroom will boost test scores and maintain focus in studying, but no research supports this idea. It’s also a common problem that administration withholds recess as punishment, when those children are typically the ones who need recess the most, Pappas said.
- READ THE REST HERE: http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/stories/story.asp?si=3211