Field Trips: The Benefits of School Trips
What Are Field Trips?
Field trips are schools trips which bring students to new places where they can engage in learning in a new context.
Despite recent cuts to school funding, field trips are more important than ever. This article is about the many benefits of field trips and school trips.
Top 5 Benefits of Field Trips:
- Children learn more actively outside the classroom.
- Field trip learning experiences reinforce lesson plans.
- At-risk and struggling students gain the most out of field trips.
- Studies show that out-of-classroom learning has positive effects.
- Deeper experiences with classmates and teachers
Students Learn Better Outside of the Classroom
Before we had schools, people learned everything from each other in the real world. Children learned skills and developed abilities by working alongside older, more experienced people. As formal education and standardized training became more prevalent, learning moved into schoolhouses.
Despite this transition, students are still wired to learn in the real world. Young people learn from professionals and working people in a real-world environment. It’s true that many students can learn well enough from classroom lectures and textbooks. But some students struggle with that kind of learning. Trouble with reading comprehension can be a problem for some. The inability to sit still and pay attention for hours at a time is a problem for others. A traditional classroom isn’t a perfect solution for every student. This is where school field trips come in.
Field trips provide a new or different learning experience for students. Hand-on experiences can reinforce classroom lessons. This works well for top students, but can be even more beneficial for struggling students.
Proving the Benefits of Real World Learning
New York City has a high school program called “City-As-School.” City-As-School “offer(s) students a multitude of Learning Experiences that encompass the depth and breadth of New York City’s businesses or resources.” 20 years ago, the pilot year of the City-As-School program took top students out of their high schools and placed them into working environments at real businesses. Here, the students learned a trade or skill set. It worked so well for top students that the following year City-As-School tried the same program with struggling students. 20 years later, the primary focus of City-As-School is on the “students at risk of dropping out.” Over 20 years, City-As-School has proven that learning outside of a traditional classroom can have lasting benefits to students.
Educators and teachers in traditional schools won’t have the resources or support to start a program like City-As-School. But, the benefits of learning outside the classroom cannot be overstated. Students will learn more, faster, and with a deeper understanding. A carefully constructed field trip program which complements the lesson plan can serve as a great foundation for a higher level of learning experiences. Additionally, the experience can help increase the bond between the students and the educators involved in the field trip.
Studying the Benefits of Field Trips
It is not easy to define the benefits that students may get out of more frequent field trips. However, one study did establish a scientific basis of the benefits of field trips. By studying of a large number of students who took class trips to a new art museum in Arkansas, this study proved the benefits of field trips. Below are the results of their field trip study:
“School field trips to cultural institutions have notable benefits. Students randomly assigned to receive a school tour of an art museum experience improvements in their knowledge of and ability to think critically about art, display stronger historical empathy, develop higher tolerance, and are more likely to visit such cultural institutions as art museums in the future. If schools cut field trips or switch to “reward” trips that visit less-enriching destinations, then these important educational opportunities are lost. It is particularly important that schools serving disadvantaged students provide culturally enriching field trip experiences.” Read much more about this study here.
Essentially, students at rural or disadvantaged schools stood to benefit the most from field trips.
Why Wall Street Walks Field Trips Will Benefit Your Students
It is never easy to plan, organize and execute a school field trip. Planning field trips always take time, effort, thought and money. But the learning experiences cannot be matched or duplicated in the classroom. Field trips enrich learning and provide a basis for increased success in the classroom.
For years, the Wall Street Walks team has provided rich and dynamic field trips for students. We serve both American and international school groups. Our tours can support many different topics and subjects like math, finance, history, social studies and more. We have experience with students of all ages. Wall Street Walks provides an engaging and memorable New York field trip experience.
to round out your visit
Students attend a classroom session either in our own classroom, or at the Museum of American Finance.
We work closely with the Museum of American Finance, 911 Museum, One World Observatory and the Statue of Liberty and many other Lower Manhattan organisations to create full day or half day programs.
(NOTE: MOAF is closed Sundays & Mondays)