Do field trips have educational value? | IN 60 SECONDS

Do field trips have educational value? | IN 60 SECONDS

September 11, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


In education accountability era things
that don’t boost math and reading scores have fallen out of favor that includes
field trips but is this really much of a loss after all most of us can recall a
field trip that seemed more like a lark than a learning experience that’s what
makes the pioneering research by my friend University of Arkansas professor
Jay Greene so compelling using a gold standard random assignment methodology
Greene has studied the impact of museum visits and trips to the theater to see a
Shakespearean play he found that these field trips had a significant impact on
knowledge retention remarkably he also found that such trips
similarly boosted students tolerance and empathy why green suggests that these
experiences help students register things in ways that they don’t in a
classroom setting Greene’s work is a valuable argument that experiences which
have been pushed aside in our test obsessed era may deserve a second look
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