Senate Bill 847: the implementation of New Jersey’s recess law in elementary schools
This study explored school administrators' perceptions and experiences in implementing S. 847 (NJ's recess law) in schools during the 2019-2020 school year. A total of 230 and 20 school administrators participated in Phase 1 (survey) and Phase 2 (semi-structured interviews) of the study. Survey data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and interview data were analyzed using the constant comparative method. The Theoretical Domains Framework underscores this study. Phase 1 results showed that participants have positive attitudes toward the bill and 85.7% of the participants indicated they meet the 20-minutes daily recess requirements. Time demands and inadequate facilities were the primary barriers. Phase 2 results indicated that, while participants support the bill, they struggled to fully understand all the requirements. The participants also perceived positive changes in the students' academics and behaviors. Providing funding and professional development could facilitate the process of adopting and executing physical activity policies in schools.
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Olsen, Edward B.; Tsuda, Emi; Wyant, James D.; Gerken, Zach; Capp, Ian; Smith, Gabriella; and Conforti, Nestor, "Senate Bill 847: the implementation of New Jersey’s recess law in elementary schools" (2022). Kean Publications. 782.