The Benefits of Time Spent Learning Outdoors for Children

1956 WordsFeb 2, 20188 Pages
With a technology-centralized generation influencing children at increasingly younger ages, researchers have found that most young children have little or limited interaction with nature. Most of them stay indoors when they have free time, watching television or playing video games. At school, time spent outdoors is reduced as students graduate grade levels. Environmental education does little to remedy the problem as most of the material is just as easily taught indoors as it is outdoors. However, time spent outdoors has benefits for people’s health and a student’s capacity to learn. Although less prevalent of a result, students show greater group dynamics and forge skills that are essential for real world situations. Current environmental education systems lack opportunities for students to interact with the outdoors, which have great potential to increase cognitive retention, improve interpersonal skills within oneself and the community, and lead to physical benefits. Substantial evidence in past studies support the idea that outdoor learning centers allow students to retain a greater amount of knowledge while solidifying their understanding of taught materials. According to a 2005 study by the National Household Education Surveys, outdoors education can improve academic performance. A 27 percent rise in math and science scores for sixth-graders was found in such a program (Koch n.pag). One reason why students learn better in an outdoor learning center is because they
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