Active Learning Research

Does Incorporating Physical Activity Improve Student Outcomes?

Yes! Getting kids moving helps children learn—and here’s the research to prove it. ActivEd founder Dr. Julian Reed is among the nation’s leading researchers exploring the relationship between issues such as obesity and academic achievement. The research clearly shows that an active education leads to:

  • Increased student engagement and achievement
  • Improved comportment
  • Reduced behavior referrals
  • Adoption of healthy habits and reduced obesity

Walkabouts do more than make language arts, reading, and math fun. Walkabouts are researched-based, and each online adventure engages students in kinesthetic learning. Learn more about the scientific foundation of Walkabouts in the following articles. To learn more, check out our research articles — or watch the video case study below!

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Research by Walkabouts’ Founder Cited in Academic Journal

Dr. Julian Reed, founder of Walkabouts, is often published and referenced for his research about the relationship between physical activity and cognition. In this article, published by the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the impact of classroom-based physical activity interventions on academic-related outcomes.

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New Research: Evaluation of the Walkabout Program that Integrates Physical Activity with Academic Subjects in the K-2nd Grade Classroom

Independent researchers at Iowa State University and the University of California at Irvine examined the impacts of Walkabouts as a supplement to traditional lessons versus controls with traditional lessons alone. Pre-K to 2nd grade students exposed to Walkabouts’ standards-aligned, physically engaging lessons for eight weeks showed significant improvements in inattention and hyperactivity.

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The Science Behind Walkabouts

ActivEd and Walkabouts were inspired by years of published research about both education and health—and the correlation between the two. Dr. Reed’s findings and his work to help equip and empower teachers across the country continue to inform all facets of the Walkabouts platform.

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Health and Academic Achievement

Healthy lifestyle choices for kids lead to more successful students and stronger communities. In this report, the CDC outlines the evidence behind the healthy behavior that leads to improved outcomes and provides steps for stakeholders to implement change.

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Study Protocol: The Fueling Learning Through Exercise (FLEX) Study – A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Impact of School-Based Physical Activity Programs on Children’s Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement

Fueling Learning Through Exercise (FLEX) evaluated the impact of physical activity programs on students’ cognitive function and academic outcomes. The study reviewed whether moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was linked to academic achievement without aerobic fitness.

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