SCHOOL EXPOSURE TRIPS
Educational Trips are important to help bridge the gap between education and hands-on experience. Just look to private and charter schools as examples, you will see that Educational Trips are a vital requirement of their educational curriculum. It is here where public schools lack funding and effort to have more access to providing Educational Trips for its students.
Here are a few thoughts that are brought up as more Educational Trips are experienced:
1. Show me how to do it, so I can be successful.
2. I can see what it looks like at first glance.
3. The experience is in my memory. When I need to use it as a reference it will be available.
4. I participated in an activity, therefore I know feel more confident about my abilities.
5. Learning is fun when I get to explore and ask questions. I want to do more.
6. What if I want to study and work in this field?
7. I now know that my community supports me and I have access to the information.
What is a study/ Educational tour (overview)?
A study/ Educational tour is a travel experience with specific learning goals. The learning goals of each study tour vary, but are always spelled out in the course syllabus that is distributed to each learner.
Study tours emphasize experiential learning and offer both group and self-directed activities that enable learners to explore new territories, cultures, and people.
Study tours are often reported to cause permanent changes in the brain, including increased perception and sensory awareness. Study tours are known to be habit-forming and may result in a life-long addiction to travel adventure, global exploration, and experiential learning.
Study tours are designed to be both fun and educational. Our groups enjoy the local cuisine, socialize freely, and make use of the local recreational and cultural resources of the areas that we visit. However, study tours are NOT party trips. If you are looking for a spring break blitz or summer beach party, you'll do better to look elsewhere for your travel experience.
A lot of people think that Educational Travel is just a fancy name for a sightseeing tour. But nothing could be further from the truth. True Educational Travel is a carefully planned combination of tours, site visits and hands-on learning opportunities, built around clear learning objectives.
Through Educational Travel, students:
•Actually see and enrich their knowledge of places and works of art they’ve learned about in the classroom.
•Gain a deeper understanding of history and culture than a book can ever convey.
•Get the chance to try out the languages they’ve studied with native speakers.
•Build independence and confidence as they explore new places and local customs.
Perhaps most important of all, students gain new insights into their own culture, and a more global perspective—so important in today’s interconnected world.
The Benefits of Learning Through Educational Trips
Before going on a school exposure trip, Exposure Tourism importantly prepares students by developing their visual literacy, and by integrating the trip actively into their curriculum. As a leader in quality educational travel, Exposure Tourism has built a reputation for providing thoughtfully designed educational trips from Europe to Africa and Middle East and vice versa.
The Benefits of an Educational Trip
1.Students are energized by the excitement and anticipation of leaving the school environment.
2.The transportation to and from the museum/site is often a pleasant open-social time.
3.Students have the opportunity to see new things and learn about them in a more unstructured way.
4.Students have the opportunity to determine what they learn and how they learn it. Said differently, student learning can be interest-driven, not teacher and curriculum driven.
5.Students will experience a more holistic, integrated picture of the information that, in the classroom, may have only been presented in a textual and abstract way.
6.Museums, and many other kinds of Educational Trips are multi-media experiences; therefore, learning is enriched and reinforced with superimposing sensory and intellectual inputs.
7.Most museums are designed to stimulate curiosity and actively engage the visitor, so you have a very professional partner working with you to help your students learn.
8.In some museums you can arrange for your class to meet with a museum educator, often in a private classroom, to facilitate directed learning and/or provide a question-answer session.
Impediments to Learning on an Educational Trip
Your classroom provides structure, limits, and authority to focus student attention and behavior. All of these are seriously diminished or entirely dispensed with on a field trip. Therefore, in spite of your high expectations, the museum trip may end up having little or no educational impact on your students.
1.Too often, for too many students, the trip becomes a texting opportunity, or a socializing event.
2.In open spaces and without close supervision, many students may simply not have the discipline or interest to pay attention to what they’re seeing.
3.Moving through rooms and/or open spaces, students can get lost from the group. Suddenly everyone’s attention is turned to finding the missing student(s) instead of being absorbed in the learning opportunity at hand.
Educational Trips take students into public spaces.
Therefore, even if your students are disciplined and interested, the multi-media environment and the public bustle and noise will most likely be distracting. Also, if you’re in an enclosed public space (like a museum, as opposed to a park or battlefield), you can’t talk to your students as a whole group. Indeed, even in small groups, you will be limited in your ability to lecture or open a discussion. The multi-media environment and the public noise will definitely distract your students, and your discussions can disturb other visitors. These factor will deteriorate the quality of any kind of small group discussion you might try to have.