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ERIC Number: EJ977255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Transforming a Field Trip into an Expedition: Supporting Active Research and Science Content through a Museum Visit
Morris, Rebecca
Science Scope, v35 n5 p68-73 Jan 2012
Students love field trips, and why shouldn't they? Field trips provide a break from the routine of the school day and an opportunity to learn from the world outside the classroom. Science and natural history museums are popular field-trip destinations, filled with a dizzying array of displays, and hands-on learning opportunities. The author developed a museum field trip into a short-term, active research project assignment. This approach has transformed the field trip from a casual museum visit into a focused and productive learning experience. The museum research project has confirmed for the author that young adolescents can develop focused research questions, make meaning from a variety of sources, and contribute their learning in a collaborative classroom. As students prepare for their trip and synthesize their learning afterward, they are doing some of their most impressive and sophisticated work. (Contains 2 figures and 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia
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