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The Effectiveness of Brain Breaks:

Kasey Brindle Research & Implementation ECE 7531 Fall 2015 The Effectiveness of Brain Breaks


Why is this research important and what are the benefits from conducting it? What type of questions will be answered while conducting this action research project? Introduction

Literature Review:

How do brain breaks help students return their focus to learning? How long does it take students to transition back to learning after brain breaks? Do the benefits out weight the negatives when implementing these breaks ? Focus Questions Literature Review


Mixed –Methods Approach Pre and Post Assessment Student Surveys Methodology

Survey Questions for Participants (Students):

Survey Questions for Participants (Students)


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