New study: Kids who play in green space more likely to go to college
Posted On August 6, 2021
Kids who spend time in green spaces, like the backyard, play in ways that lead to greater academic achievement, a new study suggests.
The findings, from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have the potential to improve the lives of children in low-income communities who can’t afford to go out and earn a degree.
The research, published in the Journal of Early Childhood Research, was conducted among children from low- and moderate-income families and their parents.
While it’s important to note that the study involved children from different families, they all participated in a standardized test.
The test was designed to measure skills that kids need to succeed in school.
Researchers asked parents to rate their kids’ abilities on the tests, and then rated how well they were able to manage a wide variety of situations in the home.
The researchers then compared the results from these measures to a group of kids who did not participate in the study.
The results, which they compared to those from a control group, were more promising.
The study found that kids who spend more time in the green space with friends or family members, who are not afraid to ask questions, have better outcomes than those who are more reserved and cautious.
But it’s also important to point out that the researchers did not use this group as an indication of how effective the exercise is in boosting academic achievement.
“This is not a silver bullet,” said Dr. Anil Bajaj, a pediatrician and the lead author of the study, in a statement.
“The key finding of this study is that this is an important area to continue exploring.
We know that children are able to learn more if they spend more hours with others in their community.
The real question is whether these extra hours of play also lead to higher academic achievement.”
The study is the first to use a structured activity that encourages children to interact in the way they see fit in the environment, said Dr