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ERIC Number: EJ941094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Getting "Stuck in" Rather than "Stuck in the Mud"
Hancock, Mark
Primary Science, n119 p8-10 Sep 2011
Children really look forward to out-of-school visits and they usually involve a good deal of preparation and expense. It is therefore a great shame that children often do not get as much out of them as they could. This may relate to how much classroom-based work is carried out before and after the visit to add value. But it could also relate to the "trip" itself. The perceived and actual value of the visit can be reduced if too much time is spent doing activities that could easily be done back at school or if the learning is too similar to that carried out in the classroom. One way to change this is to go on trips that offer experiences or ways of working that are very different from those in school, where children can become totally immersed in what they are doing, have the freedom to make their own choices on what to do and how to do it and have an unforgettable experience. By far the best outcome from such a trip, however, is the inspiration provided to teachers to try a different way of approaching their teaching: offering more choice, more "going with the flow," more guiding and building on children's strengths, ideas and desires. This should lead not only to children having unforgettable experiences and getting "stuck in" on school trips, but in "normal" lessons too. (Contains 4 figures, 2 boxes, and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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