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New Research on Active Learning

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on May 27, 2016 3:48:10 PM
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A new research study was recently published by the American College of Sports Medicine: Physical Activity, Fitness, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement in Children: A Systematic Review by Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.D, FACSM (Co-Chair); Charles H. Hillman, Ph.D. Co-Chair; Darla Castelli, Ph.D.; Jennifer L. Etnier, Ph.D., FACSM; Sarah Lee, Ph.D.; Phillip Tomporowski, Ph.D., FACSM; Kate Lambourne, Ph.D.; and Amanda N. Szabo-Reed, Ph.D.

Physical_activity_cognitive_research.pngThis study used primary source articles (including articles by Dr. Julian Reed, ActivEd co-founder) to review data about the correlation of physical activity (including physical education and sports) on cognition, learning, and brain structure. Key findings include:

  • Physical activity has an impact on students in the classroom. However, there are still questions about how best to incorporate physical activity in the classroom. 
  • Physical activity is important for growth, development, and general health. 
  • Physical activity has a positive influence on brain structure and function.

To find learn more about this and other active learning research, go to our research page.

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Topics: Research, Active Learning