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ERIC Number: EJ994276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
Professional Learning outside the Classroom: Expedition Iceland
Jordan, Julie; Bull, Sue
Education in Science, n250 p14-15 Nov 2012
A bunch of intrepid teachers spent a week in Iceland in a quest to learn more about the country's challenging landscape, by engaging in a unique and inspiring professional development opportunity to learn about innovative ways to teach science and mathematics outside of a classroom setting. A 2008 Ofsted report highlighted the benefits of learning outside the classroom, including better achievement and motivation in pupils, but many schools do not reap the full benefits of outside trips and teachers may lack the skills and resources they need to teach science outside a conventional classroom setting. Expedition Iceland aims to enhance the teacher's subject interest and knowledge of cutting-edge science in real life contexts, and provide teachers with the confidence and skills to facilitate learning outside the classroom. As an interesting and diverse country, Iceland provided lots of potential areas for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) study, such as ecology, glaciology, volcanology and practical field studies techniques such as sampling, statistics and GPS navigation. This article describes how learning outside the classroom provides a valuable learning opportunity not only for pupils but for teachers too.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iceland