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What is a Field Study?
“An international field study can be defined as an educational trip to a national or international destination for observing and/or making research relevant to the curriculum of the participants.”
“In this perspective, these trips represent a widely regarded and useful delivery mechanism for such enriching educational experience and competencies, where students can learn via firsthand experiences. This makes the international field trip approach one of the “optimal” models for positive learning outcomes as long as it is linked with the project started in the classroom and continued after the return from the trip.”
All travel is valuable; however, international field studies offered by schools must contain elements to maximize student learning that link to the curriculum.
Field Studies provide a gateway for students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to participate productively in local and global communities. Ultimately, the goal of field studies is to inspire students to continue the life long journey of being active learners & engaged global citizens.
Field Studies in Canada and international destinations must allow students to make connections between their learning and the world around them. Field Studies should be designed in such a way as to maximize the experience for students and to have direct meaningful links to the curriculum. The Field Study should provide opportunities for students to enrich their academic experience, to broaden their perspectives, and to develop as global citizens.
School sponsored field studies must ensure equitable access, inclusion and equal opportunity to learn. Participation rates in field studies must provide for equitable access across income levels, genders, ethnicities and must accommodate those students with diverse learning needs.
International field study programs that contain pre-trip planning activities and research , teacher and student directed learning during the actual field study and post trip sharing of learning are the most educationally sound. Depending on the nature and focus of field study, itineraries that offer careful examinations of the cultural, geographical, historical and political aspects of the destination are most desirable.