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!
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.
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.
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.
Examining the Impact of Integrating Physical Activity on Fluid Intelligence and Academic Performance in an Elementary School Setting: A Preliminary Investigation
This study examines the impact of active learning on students. Teachers incorporated 30 minutes of physical activity into the class curriculum three days a week.
Examining the Impact of 45 Minutes of Daily Physical Education on Cognitive Ability, Fitness Performance, and Body Composition of African American Youth
Looking to reduce the achievement gap? Physical education can make a difference for all students. This study reviewed the impact of 45 minutes of daily physical activity in African American students from 2nd to 8th grade.
Active Education: Lessons for Integrating Physical Activity With Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies
In this book, Dr. Reed discusses the current state of physical activity and the importance of student wellness. He also reviews what brain research reveals about movement and the importance of kinesthetic learning. The bulk of the book focuses on how to incorporate active learning into the classroom and includes topics such as…
Physical Activity, Fitness, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement in Children: A Systematic Review
This study used primary source articles (including those by Dr. Julian Reed, founder of ActivEd) to review data on the correlation of physical activity (including physical education and sports) on cognition, learning, and brain structure.
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.
This research brief reviews a variety of research on physical activity and student achievement. A strong focus is placed on cross-curricular integration of physical activity throughout the school day.
Physically Active Math and Language Lessons Improve Academic Achievement: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
This study investigated the effects of an innovative, physically active academic intervention on the academic achievement of children. Key findings include…
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.