International Journal of Progressive Education
Abbreviation: IJPE | ISSN (Print): 1554-5210 | DOI: 10.29329/ijpe

Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2020, Vol. 16(5) 121-137

Teachers’ and School Administrators’ Views Regarding the Role of Recess for Students

Neşe Özkal

pp. 121 - 137   |  DOI:

Published online: October 09, 2020  |   Number of Views: 54  |  Number of Download: 150


This study aimed to determine school administrators’ and teachers’ views regarding the role of recess for students. Phenomenology, one of the qualitative research designs, was used in this study. Maximum variation sampling method, a purposeful sampling method, was used to identify the research sample. The research data were collected through a semi-structured interview form and the collected data were analyzed by content analysis. The participants expressed their opinions about the effects of recess in terms of its cognitive, social, affective and physical effects. Participants stated that recess enables students to effectively participate in lessons cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally and that academic learning continued during recess. In addition, it is stated that recess has social effects such as forming friendships, learning about self, social skills and life. The participants stated that recess helps students to feel happy and relieve their tensions. Participants stated that recess can have positive effects on health since it provides students with the opportunity to move physically and it can decrease undesired behaviors. Participants stated that students can also experience negative emotions such as feelings of exclusion and loneliness during recess.

Keywords: Recess, Primary School, Secondary School

How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Ozkal, N. (2020). Teachers’ and School Administrators’ Views Regarding the Role of Recess for Students . International Journal of Progressive Education, 16(5), 121-137. doi: 10.29329/ijpe.2020.277.8

Ozkal, N. (2020). Teachers’ and School Administrators’ Views Regarding the Role of Recess for Students . International Journal of Progressive Education, 16(5), pp. 121-137.

Chicago 16th edition
Ozkal, Nese (2020). "Teachers’ and School Administrators’ Views Regarding the Role of Recess for Students ". International Journal of Progressive Education 16 (5):121-137. doi:10.29329/ijpe.2020.277.8.

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