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Pace, Stefanie, and Roger Tesi. “Adult’s Perception of Field Trips Taken within Grades K-12: Eight Case Studies in the New York Metropolitan Area.” In Education 125(1) (2004): 30.


For many years students have participated in field trips venturing to museums, zoos, historical sites, and various other destinations. Despite the consistencies of this trend, very few studies have been conducted that investigate the type of long-term impact these experiences have on students. In this study. eight adults, four men and four women, between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-one, were interviewed for the purpose of gaining insight from their field trips experiences while attending school from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Data collected from the eight interviews revealed a variety of both educational and social impacts on the participants. This investigation found the importance of hands-on activity during field trips. Field trips that required hands-on activities seem to have a positive impact on student ability to recall information learned on the educational excursion, and students tend to enjoy this type of experience when compared to field trips that didn't encompass hands-on activities. The social benefits of overnight excursions were also evident based on the participants' experiences. Most participants revealed that they experienced enhanced camaraderie with fellow students, teachers, and chaperones via their participation. According to the study participants, science and history concepts and knowledge was reinforced through experiences at museums, zoos, and historical sites. This study found that field trips, which bring students outside of the classroom and into the real world, are both educationally and socially beneficial for the participants.