Rethinking Recess

Rethinking Recess Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in School

Rebecca A. London
paper, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-414-4
Price: $34.00

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cloth, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-415-1
Price: $66.00

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In Rethinking Recess, sociologist Rebecca A. London argues that recess has been overlooked as an essential part of the elementary school experience, with major implications for how well schools serve all students equitably and responsively. Given its potential to support students’ social and emotional learning and physical activity, London says, recess should be designed intentionally, with attention to safety, health, and engagement.


All children have the right to equitable and inclusive access to recess as a foundation of development. Rethinking Recess offers a compelling case for ‘organized recess,’ describing the important role of organized play to promote wellness, strengthen school culture, and enhance social and emotional learning. This book is a call to action for the well-being of our children and society. — Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools

This important book illustrates how a well-organized and universally available recess can provide developmental spaces for students that improve school climate and foster social and emotional learning. Rethinking Recess documents inequities in access to recess, illustrates how schools can organize safe and supportive recess, and provides practical guidance for policy makers. — David Osher, vice president and institute fellow, American Institutes for Research

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About the Author

Rebecca A. London is a faculty member in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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