This study suggests that a high-functioning recess contributes to an improved school climate. A limitation of this study is the nonrandom and small-sample of schools in one geographic area. However, the study indicated that notable change can take place in a short time frame of one school year, highlighting the important role recess can play.
About the Study:
The researchers collected multiple types of qualitative data from six San Francisco Bay Area schools during the 2009-2010 school year. These schools were implementing Playworks, a recess program in low-income elementary schools with the goal of improving recess through increased opportunities for safe, meaningful play and physical activity.