The School Field Trip

There are many benefits to a school field are some of them!

The school field trip has a long history in American public education. For decades, students have pushed opened the doors at many cultural institutions, including art, natural history, and science museums, as well as theaters, zoos, and historical sites.

And today, it seems that culturally enriching field trips are in decline. Museums across the country report a steep drop in school tours. A survey by the American Association of School Administrators found that more than half of schools eliminated planned field trips in 2010–11.

Does this matter?

Yes! The results of a survey to 10,912 students and 489 teachers at 123 different schools found that students learn quite a lot. In particular, enriching field trips contribute to the development of students into civilized young men and women who possess more knowledge about art, have stronger critical-thinking skills, exhibit increased historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater taste for consuming art and culture.

Recalling Tour Details.  Research suggests that students actually retain a great deal of factual information from their tours. Students who received a tour of the museum were able to recall details about the paintings they had seen at very high rates

Critical Thinking. Students who have been on a field trip score an average of 9% higher on critical thinking.

Historical Empathy. Tours of art museums also affect students’ values. Visiting an art museum exposes students to a diversity of ideas, peoples, places, and time periods. That broadening experience imparts greater appreciation and understanding.

Tolerance. Overall, standard testing proved that receiving a school tour of an art museum increases student tolerance by 7 percent.

Interest in Art Museums. Perhaps the most important outcome of a school tour is whether it cultivates an interest among students in returning to cultural institutions in the future. 



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Pamela Casaudoumecq Photography