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ALEXIS PERREIRA EK313 3000 WORDS 30/5/2017 Outdoor Learning is Important for Children’s Development by ALEXIS PERREIRA THE OPEN UNIVERSITY The Date 30/5/2017 1
ALEXIS PERREIRA EK313 3000 WORDS 30/5/2017 Outdoor Learning is Important for Children’s Development Introduction The mental and physical development of a child in his younger days lays the foundation for his future. The overall development of a child can be ensured by both the indoor and outdoor learning activities that a child can engage himself in. According to outdoor learning can help in social development, language development, emotional development, and cognitive development of a child. Corsaro, 2011 even found that outdoor learning will also help in improving the language and communication skills of the children. Burriss, and Burriss, (2011), support the fact that physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of a child. Many empirical studies conducted in the past have focused on outdoor activity like playing games would result in the physical development of children. In a study by Maliyok (2015), play based learning will result in social, cognitive, developmental, psychological and medical benefits which inherently enable children their potentials. Similarly, Powers (2014) has conducted a review of all the existing literature and found that outdoor education will develop the child as a problem solver and critical thinker. There is a lot of evidence regarding the relationship between levels of physical activity and obesity in children. According to Parsons (2011), the decrease in physical activity is a causative factor to obesity in children. Due to the advancements in technology kids are mostly staying indoors without getting any exposure to the outside world. Children are attracted to playing video games rather than playing outdoor games which will provide physical exercise. Most of the learning activity to 2
ALEXIS PERREIRA EK313 3000 WORDS 30/5/2017 happens inside the closed doors which stifle the physical and mental growth of children. The previous section dealt about the different conceptual frameworks related to outdoor learning and the importance of outdoor learning in the development of a child. We have learned that outdoor development will result in the cognitive, social, and physical development of children. Outdoor play is an important component of outdoor learning of students. Children should play outdoor games that give them physical exercise and mental growth. In a study by Clements (2004), an attempt was made to understand the extent to which children in the USA play outdoor games when compared with the previous generations. A survey was conducted on eight hundred and thirty mothers all over the USA on their own experiences regarding outdoor play in their childhood and the play experiences of their children today. Data were analyzed with basic statistical techniques like measures of central tendency and measured of dispersion. Analysis of the responses indicates that children in the USA now spend a considerably less time when compared with their mothers. The fundamental reasons revealed

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