As part of a cluster randomized controlled trial (Bundy et al., 2017), the after school-hours activities
of 5-7 year old children were recorded by parents and other adult carers on four consecutive
weekdays between 3:30pm-7:00pm. Records of time use showed most time was spent indoors in
activities involving low levels of physical activity. The most-frequently-recorded activity was screen
time, accounting for approximately one quarter of all activities. Higher levels of physical activity
were reported when children were outdoors (19.5% of time) and/or with peers (9.58%). If an adult
was present, highest activity levels of children occurred when the child was with a teacher/carer
(6.07%). Although concern is frequently raised about children spending too much time in organized
activities, these structured forms of out-of-school choices accounted for only 8.09% of recordings.
The results of the current study strengthen the evidence base, supporting the need to optimise out-ofschool
times with more developmentally important social and physical contexts. We discuss ways in
which context may support or inhibit opportunities physical activity in after school-hours activities.
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Call for Papers
Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
We hope you will seriously consider APJRECE for your scholarship.