School Recess, Social Connectedness and Health: A Canadian Perspective

  • Health Promotional International
  • April 1, 2017

Lauren McNamara, Paige Colley, Nicole Franklin

Children need opportunities to establish positive social connections at school, yet many school playgrounds are challenged by social conflict that can undermine these connections. Because recess is typically the only time during the school day that children are free to socialize and play, it is possible to begin to think of recess through the lens of belongingness. There are four areas that could benefit from consideration in research, practice and policy: (in) the culture of recess, (ii) the importance of healthy role models on the playground, (iii) the necessity of activities, options and variety during recess and (iv) the significance of space and spatial layout (indoor and outdoor)


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