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ERIC Number: ED431653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 12
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The Teacher's Field Journal: Traveling To "Remember" History.
Heath, Inez A.
Social studies teachers should consider ways in which personal experiences can enhance their teaching of world events. As more and varied travel opportunities are made available to educators through work-study tours and educational organizations, so too are the possibilities for making the travel experience a resource that can be a "jumping-off" point for meaningful learning in the classroom. Finding interesting ways to share the travel experiences with students can be effective in motivating students to learn about events in history that are often seen as boring and irrelevant. The "what I did on my summer vacation" approach has proven to be of little value in motivating students to write and to expand knowledge about the places visited. By approaching travel as a "sensory experience" in which the teacher shares thoughts and insights, students become involved in the teacher's experience as a learner. Both the teacher and students share the experience and together they explore places unknown. In using the field journal approach, the teacher can elicit interest in geography, history, and culture and encourage students to enhance their global perspectives. The field journal entry that is used to illustrate the process is from a visit to the Dachau Memorial (Germany). Contains 8 references and 3 endnotes. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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