Learning through science field experiences: an evaluation of the effects of experiential learning in a fourth grade class
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Students are not always allowed the opportunity to gain real world science knowledge from field trips. This study analyzed students' performance on science based assessments before and after participating in hands-on science field trips. This study also analyzed how a field trip could affect the students and teachers attitudes toward learning. Students in a fourth grade class participated in three field trips throughout the school year. After each field trip students took a test to assess their learning, participated in student interviews, and recorded thoughts and feelings about the trips. The results of the study indicated positive gains in both students' conceptual knowledge and their attitudes towards learning. Participation in field trips had a positive impact on the studied students' content knowledge and attitudes, as well as a positive impact on the teacher's instruction.