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ERIC Number: EJ1001553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Field Trips as Teaching Tools in the Law Curriculum
Higgins, Noelle; Dewhurst, Elaine; Watkins, Los
Research in Education, v88 p102-106 Nov 2012
While field trips are often employed in primary and even second level education as a pedagogical tool, aimed at exposing students to real life experiences, such activities are not as popular at third level (Falk and Balling, 1982; Muse, Chiarelott and Davidman, 1982; Anderson and Zhang, 2003). However, such experiential learning techniques can be invaluable to university students by allowing them to engage more with the world around them and to see a practical side to their area of study. Scarce indentifies field trips as a form of "short-term experiential education" and comments that "what students learn and the way they learn it should be rooted in society and in social experiences" (Scarce, 1997, p. 219). He locates these activities in the experiential learning framework, as espoused by educationalists such as Dewey (1938) and DeMartini (1983). This article contains an analysis of academic literature on the use of field trips in third level education and their potential value in the law curriculum. Law is a suitable subject to explore through the use of such trips, as lecturers endeavour to illustrate how the rules and principles propounded in legal instruments and cases influence society and how, concomitantly, societal changes and opinions influence the creation and development of law.
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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