Physical activity and sedentary behaviour during
outdoor learning and traditional indoor school
days among Finnish primary school students

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jan-Erik Romar, Ida Enqvist, Janne Kulmala, Jouni Kallio, Tuija Tammelin
Publisher: Routledge
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Volume number: 19
Issue number: 1
Start page: 28
End page: 42
eISSN: 1754-0402


In this study, we aimed at comparing Finnish primary school students’
physical activity and sedentary time during outdoor-learning and traditional school days. Outdoor learning is defined as purposeful and
planned learning experiences in the outdoors . The study population
consisted 20 students in grades 1–6 at one primary school. Physical
activity was measured objectively by hip-worn accelerometers. The
amounts of physical activity and sedentary time were compared for the
same students between five school days with outdoor learning and four
traditional school days. The study’s main findings show that, moving
from traditional classroom teaching to an outdoor-learning environment
decreases students’ sedentary time and increases light- and moderateintensity physical activity during the school day. No differences were
observed in leisure-time physical activity on school days with or without
outdoor learning. Thus, outdoor learning is an effective complement to
traditional classroom teaching in promoting physically active children

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