|Title||The impact of a multi-component physical activity programme in low-income elementary schools|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Massey, WV, Stellino, MB, Holliday, M, Godbersen, T, Rodia, R, Kucher, G, Wilkison, M|
|Journal||Health Education Journal|
|Pagination||517 - 530|
To identify the effects of a structured and multifaceted physical activity and recess intervention on student and adult behaviour in school.
Mixed-methods and community-based participatory approach.
Large, urban, low-income school district in the USA.
Data were collected at three time points over a 1-year period. Sources included recess observations at four elementary schools, in-class behavioural observations of fifth-grade students (n = 21) and focus groups with fourth- and fifth-grade students (n = 75).
Results suggested an increased amount of positive interactions between adults and students and a decreased amount of conflict in the playground post intervention. Results also suggested that a peer-leadership training programme had beneficial effects on students’ classroom behaviour.
Results from this study provide evidence that school recess can be used to teach social–emotional competencies that can impact student behaviour during recess and in the classroom.
|Short Title||Health Education Journal|