Education outside the classroom increases children’s reading performance: Results from a one-year quasi-experimental study
Camilla R. Otte, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Denmark ; Mads Bølling, Matt P. Stevenson, Health Promotion, Denmark ; Niels Ejbye-Ernst, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Denmark ; Glen Nielsen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Denmark ; Peter Bentsen, Health Promotion, Denmark
International Journal of Educational Research Volume 94, Number 1, ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
The use of education outside the classroom (EOtC) in schools is increasing; however, there are currently few studies assessing the longer-term impacts on academic achievement. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between one school-year of regular (more than 2.0 h a week) participation in EOtC and Danish primary school children’s reading performance. We conducted a quasi-experimental study involving 20 EOtC intervention group classes and 10 comparison group parallel classes (Grades 3–6). Children were tested pre- and post-intervention in reading performance. We found that exposure to EOtC had a small positive impact on test scores. The implication that regular EOtC is positively associated with reading performance is discussed.
Otte, C.R., Bølling, M., Stevenson, M.P., Ejbye-Ernst, N., Nielsen, G. & Bentsen, P. (2019). Education outside the classroom increases children’s reading performance: Results from a one-year quasi-experimental study. International Journal of Educational Research, 94(1), 42-51. Elsevier Ltd.