ERIC Number: EJ817007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Utilizing Field-Based Instruction as an Effective Teaching Strategy
Kozar, Joy M.; Marcketti, Sara B.
College Student Journal, v42 n2 p305-311 Jun 2008
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of field-based instruction on student learning outcomes. Researchers in the past have noted the importance of engaging students on a deeper level through the use of active course designs. To investigate the outcomes of active learning, two field assignments created for two separate undergraduate courses at different four-year institutions were implemented. The intended outcome of both assignments was to broaden and expand students' learning experiences and knowledge. As a result, the authors found that in both settings, the field experiences proved to be worthwhile, enriching students' understanding of the subject matter and facilitating student retention. Based on these observations, the authors propose that instructors implement field-based instruction as a method of active learning into their courses whenever appropriate, allowing students the opportunity to obtain a more "real-world" perspective on the subject matter.
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Active Learning, School Holding Power, Teaching Methods, Program Effectiveness, Undergraduate Study, Context Effect, Experiential Learning, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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