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A recess evaluation with the players: taking steps toward participatory action research


Ren, Julie; Langhout, Regina Day (2010). A recess evaluation with the players: taking steps toward participatory action research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46(1-2):124-138.

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This playground study conceptualizes recess as a time and space that belongs to students; their inclusion in this evaluation is a notable difference from other recess/playground research. The goal was to help elementary school students make the changes they felt were needed on their playground. After conducting structured observations and student and recess aide focus groups, a report was presented to all stakeholders, and recess changes were made. We seek to show how the process of being inclusive during the evaluation was not only valuable for determining problem definition and potential interventions, but was also necessary to determine the best methods for solutions, move toward second-order change, and to create a space to facilitate children’s participation and empowerment.

Abstract

This playground study conceptualizes recess as a time and space that belongs to students; their inclusion in this evaluation is a notable difference from other recess/playground research. The goal was to help elementary school students make the changes they felt were needed on their playground. After conducting structured observations and student and recess aide focus groups, a report was presented to all stakeholders, and recess changes were made. We seek to show how the process of being inclusive during the evaluation was not only valuable for determining problem definition and potential interventions, but was also necessary to determine the best methods for solutions, move toward second-order change, and to create a space to facilitate children’s participation and empowerment.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Applied Psychology
Health Sciences > Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Applied Psychology, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health(social science)
Language:English
Date:1 September 2010
Deposited On:25 Nov 2020 16:42
Last Modified:26 Nov 2020 21:01
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0091-0562
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10464-010-9320-2

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