The Motley Monk sure does. Growing up in Chicago, trips included the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera, Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Want to get completely spooked? Check out the Chicago Museum of Surgical Science.
- NYU researchers confirm a positive correlation between scientific field trips and student performance on tests. Examining data involving a large-scale field trip program in New York City involving 200+ schools per year, exposure to scientific field trips increased the likelihood of all students' scoring “proficient” on the 8th-grade state science test by 1.2%'age points and 1.7%-1.9%'age points for disadvantaged students.
- Researchers at the University of Arkansas found that students who visited the local Art museum--in contrast to students whose field trip had been cancelled--performed better as critical thinkers and and were "more likely to express tolerance and historical empathy."
On the other hand, who doubts that lots of good learning can transpire beyond classroom walls?
A "field trip"...almost better than a snow day!
Let the discussion begin:
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