As an EL school, EL Education uses the term fieldwork, rather than field trips. Fieldwork is what adult professionals do: research in the world, the students are not there as passive listeners. They are there to conduct research for their studies: taking notes, taking photos, and interviewing experts.
What makes this type of fieldwork different from traditional field trips?
- Students travel to places that are essential to what they are studying.
- Students are collecting information to create something of quality and value to share with others.
- Students are deeply prepared ahead of time with expertise in what they will be seeing and whom they will be meeting.
- Students are actively engaged on site in interviewing experts and collecting information.
- Students return to the classroom to debrief, use their data and what they learned to create something meaningful.