Student learning and success later in life can be heavily impacted by field trips. But economic pressures on school districts across the nation and the advent of standardized testing have reduced the number of field trips included in annual curriculums, as educators are aware.
Increasingly, school boards choose to slash funding for “in the field” learning, believing this line item to be somehow superfluous. But research is demonstrating the crucial role field trips play in the development and life prospects of students.
Field trips count.
Recently, the US Travel Association conducted a study about student outcomes, linking these to regular field trips. The findings show that taking the classroom into the field created vastly improved learning outcomes and greater success in later life for students.
59% of participants enjoyed better grades. Also, the rate of high school graduation was seen to rise significantly when students had the advantage of field learning – to an impressive 95%.
Students who went on field trips were demonstrated to be more likely to attend university, at a rate of 63%. Taking them on field trips also resulted in their enjoying better financial stability as adults.
89% of students who participated in the study agreed that field trips instigated a greater curiosity about the world and kept them engaged, both inside the classroom and out.
4 pillars of learning.
The 3 “Rs” are said to be the pillars of the educational system. While arithmetic, writing and reading are essential to future success in life, the 4th “R” (and pillar of learning), roaming, is also a critical factor in successful learning and well-rounded development.
Taking your students outside the classroom develops life skills like confidence. Young people who are given a chance to encounter and explore new places, faces and diverse cultural settings, are gifted with learning input that’s priceless in their formation and later success.
Early travel experiences support the development of young minds, preparing them for life in a world full of diversity, in which they’ll meet people of all cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds. Horizons are expanded when education is taken into the field
Roaming is an exploration of the fullness of the world, ushering children outside their environmental bubbles.
Taking students on field trip learning experiences offers perspective on classroom subject matter that’s immediate. It’s hands-on education that brings learning to life. Textbooks and chalk boards pale in comparison.
The difference between a history textbook and placing students at the sites where history happened is experiential. While textbooks give students a grasp of the subject at hand, they’re not immediate. They can’t impart the experience of walking in the footsteps of those who made history.
Field trips are three-dimensional, real-time learning that sticks with students.
Field Trips with Peak Performance Tours.
Peak Performance Tours brings learning to life for your students. Our tailored field trips and tours put your students in the middle of the action, creating unforgettable, direct experiences they’ll always remember.
Contact Peak Performance Tours to discover how field trips boost students’ lifelong success.