Educational or Curriculum

Education Outside the Classroom

Initiative Description: EOtC targets primary school children and is characterised by regular curriculum-based educational activities practiced outside the school buildings (i.e. one day weekly or fortnightly) in natural (e.g. a park or forest) or cultural (e.g. a museum or library) settings. EOtC class teachers were asked to provide the class with an average of at least 300 min of EOtC practice through one or two weekly sessions during the full school year. The program theory proposed to explain effects on participating children seen as a consequence of EOtC practice involves changing the physical setting to allow for different use of pedagogies, such as inclusion of more movement, play, use of senses, problem solving, experimentation, and cooperation. This way, EOtC is proposed to provide a motivating school setting that facilitates learning processes in children.

Study Results: EOtC boys spent 18.7 (ITT) and 20.8 (PP) minutes more in MVPA per day than comparison boys (p < 0.01).

Reference: Schneller, M. B., Duncan, S., Schipperijn, J., Nielsen, G., Mygind, E., & Bentsen, P. (2017). Are children participating in a quasi-experimental education outside the classroom intervention more physically active? BMC Public Health,17(1). doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4430-5

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good