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Are Schools Taking the Right Approach to Field Trips?

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Few things are more exciting in school than a field trip, but budget constraints and curriculum priorities have changed the nature of field trips. For example, a growing number of schools use field trips as an incentive for good behavior instead of learning enrichment for everyone. Researchers at the University of Arkansas are trying to measure the connection between culturally enriching field trips and learning. Emily Richmond of the Education Writers Association reports:

The new study’s findings “demonstrated that there can actually be lasting and sustainable outcomes, educational outcomes, that are produced through students participating in these one-time, culturally enriching experiences,” said Sandra Ruppert, the director of the Arts Education Partnership, a national nonprofit coalition. “It’s an important factor to take into consideration for schools and others that are thinking about reducing or eliminating field trips, thinking that they don’t add any educational value.”


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