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ERIC Number: EJ895116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Making Field Trips Count: Collaborating for Meaningful Experiences
Coughlin, Patricia K.
Social Studies, v101 n5 p200-210 Sep-Oct 2010
Recent studies advocate careful selection of local historic sites and recommend collaboration between stakeholders to create meaningful learning experiences for students. The author describes the efforts of a historical society, a university professor, and a local school district to develop an integrative field trip to a one-room schoolhouse. Discussion includes how content was determined and how the social studies curriculum module provides a hands-on approach to teaching about the past. During pre-visit lessons, a field trip, and postvisit activities third-grade students handle primary sources, listen to oral histories, role-play, and construct a timeline. The author explains how evaluation played an important role in the development and refinement of the module. Teacher and student interviews as well as teacher questionnaires revealed that the field trip effectively connected third-grade curriculum with the history of the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse, helping students to develop chronological thinking and to learn the basics about historical research. (Contains 6 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania