By Dr. Mallika Marshall

BOSTON (CBS) – A new study out of the United Kingdom finds that learning in the great outdoors for as little as an hour a week can do wonders both for children and teachers alike.

Researchers interviewed teachers and engaged 9 to 11-year-olds in focus groups at three primary schools in Wales which taught classes for at least an hour a week outside of the building.

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The students said when they were learning outdoors, they felt they had more freedom, were more able to express themselves, and enjoyed being able to move around more.

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Teachers said their students were more engaged and they themselves reported greater job satisfaction and personal well-being.

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The researchers say schools should try to incorporate more outdoor learning for the benefit of the entire class.

Dr. Mallika Marshall