ERIC Number: ED438985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Evaluating Short Term and Long Term Retention of Experiences Associated with an Interpretive School Field Trip.
Sibthorp, Jim; Knapp, Doug
A study focused on students' retention of experiences associated with an interpretive school field trip. Third- and fourth-grade students from a rural Midwestern elementary school took an interpretive field trip to a local park to learn about their local environment. A survey was administered to the 71 students 1 month and 18 months after the completion of the field trip. Learning about nature, games, and the hike were the three most-remembered categories for both survey administrations. Learning about nature was composed of general and nonspecific replies. While very few surveys contained specific references to what was learned about nature, many contained references to songs that were sung and games that were played. This supports the idea that activities that involve multiple sensations are more memorable. However, it was not determined that environmental information was gained from these activities. It was predicted that experiences that were rehearsed or interconnected with existing information might prove more memorable, but little support for this prediction was found. Results revealed that memories were nonspecific and dissociated from specific information given by the interpreter, but that students did gain a positive attitude toward returning to the park that continued over the long term. (Contains 36 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium Proceedings (4th, Bradford Woods, IN, January 9-11, 1998); see RC 022 283.