by TransACT | Dec 5, 2016 |
An article from the NEA showcases the importance of field trips and why every student can benefit from having an experience from outside of the classroom. They give statistics that showcase how “…educational trips had a positive, lasting impact on their [students] education and career because the trips made them more engaged, intellectually curious and interested in and out of school.”
A study conducted by the University of Arkansas lays out some of the benefits of school field trips and why these benefits are so crucial to the growth of a student’s intellect. They found that “…field trips to cultural institutions have significant benefits for students beyond educational aspects.” That students could recall information from their trips weeks after when quizzed on several aspects of the trip; showing that both their memory retention and knowledge had grown because of their trip.
Field trips seem to be declining as we see the “devaluing [of] cultural and historical sites, instead taking students to amusement parks, sporting events, and movie theaters instead.”
also mentions “…as school districts wrestle with budget deficits and heftier academic requirements placed on their students, some have started to eliminate field trips.” With this being said, focus needs to be brought back to importance of outside experience and what it can do for the students in the long run. Because what’s better than learning from real world experience!
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