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Recess, Breaktimes, and Supervision

Baines, E; Blatchford, P; Golding, K; (2020) Recess, Breaktimes, and Supervision. In: The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. Wiley-Blackwell

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School breaktimes, or recess, are an important context for understanding children's development. Breaktime or recess is normally a break within the school day where children get to play and to socialize with peers. Although there is little international understanding of the nature and position of recess in schools across the globe, the limited research available suggests that they are being eroded. However, there is good evidence that these times are enjoyed by the vast majority of children and that they provide an important context for children to develop relationships and friendships with peers. These times also offer significant opportunities for the development of social and cognitive skills that are important for current and future academic and social functioning. Breaktimes/recess can be conceived of as important sites of scientific interest because they offer a window into children's social lives and their social development, and how these may relate to learning in, and adjustment to, school.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Recess, Breaktimes, and Supervision
ISBN: 1119161894
ISBN-13: 9781119161899
DOI: 10.1002/9781119171492.wecad268
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119171492.wecad268
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10102365
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