The Educational Value of Field Trips

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The Educational Value of Field Trips

Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen explore the declining role of field trips in American public education. Seeking to prove the worth of visiting cultural institutions, the authors conducted an experiment which compared students who had recently visited an art museum on a field trip to those who had not. Survey results showed that students did retain a great deal of information from their museum tour and their critical thinking skills were stronger than those of the control group. Additionally, the authors observed heightened historical empathy, tolerance, and interest in art in those students who had experienced the field trip. These findings were even more salient in students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Read more to find out about this study's research design and policy implications.

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