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The Absence of Recess and Its Effects on Elementary School Children

Student Amy Yurksaitis
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. B. Lively
Department Education
Course INST 482: Issues in Education


Recess plays a valuable role in the social and academic development of elementary school children. Across America, schools are canceling recess in order to gain more instruction time. Results from surveys in local elementary schools indicate that teachers are aware that children perform better in the classroom and that teachers experience fewer classroom disruptions due to students’ behavior when children are provided recess.


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