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Fall 2017


The purpose of this action research project is to determine the impact of recess on student engagement. Off-task behavior was observed in students in a fourth grade classroom for four weeks. The first two weeks the students did not receive recess, and the second two weeks the students did receive recess. Quantitative data was collected using the Academic Engagement Monitoring Form (Sprick, Knight, Reinke, and Skyles, 2010). Analysis of the data suggests a positive correlation between recess and on-task behavior.