The Wright brothers, the ones who invented the airplane, there is absolutely no doubt that they were taken to be mad when they told their engineer friends that they could defy gravity by making a flying machine.
Of course, on paper everything seemed like a dream until they took it to the field, practically applying all they had learnt about aerodynamics in theory, trying, learning and failing along the way, and succeeding in the end after thousands of trials.
That feat today led to a thriving aviation industry, both public and private. People fly all over the world today, leaving reviews about the services they enjoyed on sites like Collected.Reviews. All this was made possible thanks to two brothers who dared to go for a field trip, to learn hands-on, by trial and error. That is the power of a field trip.
This short article — you will be done reading in about three minutes will point out the educational values that come from going on field trips. Maybe after reading, you might even contact some travel agencies that offer educational trips and go plan a field trip or not.
However, these are some value to derive from field trips:
1. Academic Impact
One of the benefits of field trips on participants is academic impact. Students get to retain more of what they have learnt in theory if they can practically see what they have studied. Humans remember what they see more than what they read. Field trips also give perspective on certain matters that have been taught in general, as there are specific examples to draw insight from.
2. Promotes Hands-on Learning
A very important aspect of field trips is that it gives the participants a chance to see professionals work in their area of expertise. Things that are otherwise too technical to explain in simpler terms are directly treated on field trips giving the students first-hand experience on the topic under consideration. An example is the workings of a telescope, or the stock market.
3. Reinforces Cultural Growth and Personal Development
This is one of the most important aspects of field trips; helping students appreciate their culture and tolerate other cultures as well as a deep yearning for personal development. Learning about past or extinct cultures and practices and timelines in history plays a big role in giving students a sense of direction for the future, boosting their chances of making better, successful decisions for themselves.
4. Increases Student Engagement
Though logistics and permissibility might be some issues plaguing field trips, students become more interested in class as they have practically seen how the “real world” looks like, so they become more serious with academic participation.
5. Speeds Up Succeeding Lectures
One field trip can cover more than four or five aspects of a subject, or topic. When this is done, consequent classes become shorter. This gives room for in-depth treatment of latter topics.
In summary, in whatever way we can, more field trips should be encouraged for its benefits are massive.