ERIC Number: EJ834239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides: A Useful Learning Experience?
Teaching in Higher Education, v14 n2 p175-184 Apr 2009
A key component of current British military education is the battlefield tour and staff ride. These tours allow students to visit the location of military events, most commonly the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars in northern Europe, to facilitate their understanding of military history and draw contemporary parallels from the events concerned. While these tours are commonly hailed as excellent opportunities for learning, there has been a lack of critical discussion on the learning and teaching implications of these exercises. This article aims to provide a review of the available literature on the pedagogical value of battlefield tours and staff rides and to bring them within a theoretical learning context. It will then present some conclusions on the ways in which learning outcomes from battlefield tours and staff rides can be improved.
Descriptors: History, Military Schools, Foreign Countries, Learning Experience, War, History Instruction, Field Trips, Outcomes of Education, Experiential Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Europe; United Kingdom; United States