The Importance of Field Trips in a Well-Rounded Education Process
Where did the lesson that you remember most in school come from? Chances are, a field trip would be the answer. According to Behrendt & Franklin, field trip by definition is a school-sanctioned excursion away from the classroom and other traditional study environments, to observe, interact with different settings, conduct basic research and/or experiencing new activities not readily found in school. Here in Upskill, it became one of our main learning tools for the student.
Field trips play a crucial role in a student learning process. Doing a proper field trip helps spark one's passion or curiosity. This will push students to take learning into their own hands and build a habit to do it more. Here in upskill, our study programs are not only based on theoretical learnings in classrooms. We always try to reinforce students with various different field trips as well so everyone can taste the learning experience first-hand. Here our upskill team has listed some of the essential benefits of learning through excursions and field trips experiences.
Real World Learning
Field trips are one of the best tools that can be used to provide every student a real-world experience. When students leave the classroom, they see the connections between what is happening in theory and in the ‘real-world’. Senses are allowed to be used, hearing, seeing, feeling, sensing and so on. Students begin to see that what they learn within the walls of the classroom can help them solve the problems they see in the world around them and can have a direct impact on who they become as people. In upskill's Summer Course program for example, students get the chance to explore some of Bali's most fascinating cultural and nature destinations, from the mystical Monkey Forest to the picturesque Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Depending on the course taken, students would also be taken to visit some of the exciting yet insightful Marine conservations, such as Coral Reef rehabilitation center, turtle conservation site, and even explorin the Mangrove forest.
Socio-Emotional Growth and Accessibility.
Research found that students who go on field trips become more empathetic and tolerant. For example, those who participate in a field trip to an art museum show increased empathy, tolerance and critical thinking skills. Studying art on the field gives students a chance to think about a topic or theme from a different perspective. This resonates well with the study program of Upskill, which was created to enhance and maximize student's learning experience. One of our field trip sessions will take the student to participate in a Cultural Workshop. During this workshop students will explore and dive into some of the iconic Balinese traditions. During this workshop students will explore and dive into some of the most fundamental and fascinating Balinese traditions from the smallest parts of Balinese family household to everyday's religious practice of worship, prayers and religious ceremonies and celebrations. By participating in field trips, students are able to access tools and environments that are not available at school. Our local communities are rich learning laboratories where students can participate, learn and experience every tool used in the practice directly at their disposal. Each of this first-hand experience solidifies learning and supports important academic concepts.
Positive Academic Impact
It is already proven that regular, proper field trips will increase the student test scores. Field trips and hands-on learning make concepts become more memorable. Just think back to what you learned in school, the field trips you took, and what you learned on them are still some of the clearest concepts. Additionally, field trips are important because students are able to engage with content in a variety of ways. Concepts are presented through all different media and different modalities, so students who struggle with traditional learning can feel smart and confident as well. Within this beautiful island, there are people and places that students can access that cannot be replicated by the Internet or in the classroom. This multisensory learning experience can bring one dimensional lessons to life and create enthusiasm for a subject that is hard to replicate through other media.
By Billy Bagus