Selected publications on recess and play
McNamara, L. with Physical Health Education Canada. The Role of Recess in Canadian Elementary Schools: National Position Paper. 2020. In Press.
McNamara, L.,Brussoni, M., and Welsh, F. (2019). We Need To Talk About Recess. Ontario Principals Council, The Register.October, 2019.
Lodewyk, K.& McNamara, L. (2019). A mixed-methods study of children’s recess enjoyment, affect and preferences. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.
Lodewyk, K., McNamara, L., & Sullivan, P. (2019).Associations between Elementary Students’ Victimization, Peer Belonging, Affect, Physical Activity, and Enjoyment by Gender During Recess. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. July.
Lodewyk, K., McNamara, L.,& Walker, M. (2019). Victimization, Physical Activity, and Affective Outcomes During Recess in Students with and Without Disabilities. Alberta Journal of Educational Research.
McNamara, L., Gibson, J., Lodewyk, K., Spadafora, N. & Lakman, Y. (2018). Enjoyment and belonging at recess: A mixed-methods study of children’s views of recess and responses to a recess intervention. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 13(2).
McNamara, L. & Walker, M. (2018) “It is just too fun to explain”: A qualitative analysis of the Recess Project in seven lower-socioeconomic elementary schools. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2.
McNamara, L.,Lodewyk, K., Franklin, N. (2018). Recess in elementary school: A study of belongingness, affect, and victimization on the playground. Children and Schools. 40(2).
McNamara, L.,Lakman, Y., Spadafora, N., Lodewyk, K., Walker, M. (2018). Recess and children with disabilities: A mixed-methods pilot study. Disability and Health Journal.11(4).
McNamara, L.(2018). Play and Recess.The Cambridge Handbook of Play: Developmental and Disciplinary Perspectives. Smith, P. and Rooparine, J. (Eds). Cambridge University Press.
McNamara, L.,Franklin, N., Colley, P. (2015). School recess, social connectedness and health: A Canadian Perspective. Health Promotion International.32(2). Taylor and Francis.
McNamara, L.,Vantaaja, E., Dunseith, A., Franklin, N. (2014). Tales from the playground: Transforming the context of recess through participatory action research. International Journal of Play.4(1).
McNamara, L. (2013). What’s getting in the way of play? An analysis of the contextual factors that hinder recess in elementary schools. Canadian Journal of Action Research.14(2).
McNamara, L.The Recess Project Changemaker’s Guide.Research-based Training Guide. Aligned with the United Conventions on the Rights of the Child. Includes staff training, student training, equipment lists, templates, and best practices. In book and e-module.