​What is the benefit of education outside the classroom (EOtC) for pupils’ movement behaviour, academic motivation, and well-being? The cluster RCT study MOVEOUT investigates the effects of regular practiced EOtC on pupils’ health and learning. The results will impact an expected future scale-up of EOtC.


EOtC is a teaching practice in primary and lower secondary schools characterized by teaching in core curricular subjects that takes place outside the school buildings in nature and cultural environments, and eventual in collaboration with societal institutions. Research suggest that EOtC provide variation during the school day and thereby increase physical activity and support academic motivation. This means that EOtC has the potential to be a contributor in solving the health issues western societies face today. 

When practiced regular over a longer period, a positive effect on pupils’ academic motivation and social well-being in the class community has been showed in recent research. However, previous large-scale studies of EOtC have methodological shortcomings. This study will investigate the EOtC induced effects on physical activity behaviour, well-being and academic performance in an improved research design which also allows for investigation of the particular effectful mechanisms of EOtC.


MOVEOUT stands on the shoulders of the research experiences and results found in the previous Danish TEACHOUT-study which was conducted 2014-2018. MOVEOUT investigates the effect of EOtC on pupils’ movement behaviours, academic motivation, well-being, and academic performance. In addition, it is investigated which pedagogical activities that course the effects.


In total, 15 of 30 schools with one or more classes in 4-9th grade will be randomly assigned to an EOtC-intervention. The intervention consists of a two-day training course on EOtC followed by one school year (2022-2023) with EOtC practiced at least five hours a week in 1-2 sessions. Simultaneously, the other 15 schools will act as waiting controls by continuing their teaching as usual. The waiting control schools will receive the EOtC course one year later.


  • Glen Nielsen, PI, 
    Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS), University of Copenhagen
  • Charlotte Demant Klinker
    Senior researcher and team leader, SDCC
  • Peter Bentsen
    Director and affiliated professot in educations outside the classroom and outdoor pedagogy, Center for Clinical Research and Prevention (CCRP), Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital.

The project is administered by NEXS and the daily operation is managed by project leader Mads Bølling (SDCC).

The project group is organized around a supervisor group and a working group. 

The supervisor group consists of A

  • Glen Nielsen (NEXS) Principal Investigator (PI)and associate professor
    Charlotte Demant Klinker, senior researcher and team leader (SDCC). 

The working group consists of 

  • Peter Elsborg, researcher(SDCC, NEXS, CCRP), 
  • Lærke Mygind, research Assistant (CKFF), and 
  • Mads Bølling, researcher (SDCC).

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