Why Field Trips for Homeschool Students?
    Research Shows School Field Trips Give Significant Benefits

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    By John Dunphy

    Researchers in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas found that field trips or planned excursions have significant benefits for students beyond educational aspects.

    “We found that students who attended a school tour at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of tolerance, had more historical empathy and developed a taste for being a cultural consumer in the future,” said Jay Greene, one of the researchers. “We also found that these benefits were much larger, in general, for students from rural areas or high-poverty schools, as well as minority students.”

    The researchers announced the results of a study analyzing the impact of school field trips to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on students in grades K-12. Greene, professor of education reform; Brian Kisida, senior research associate; and Dan Bowen, doctoral student in education policy, surveyed nearly 11,000 students and 500 teachers at more than 120 schools.

    These are some great ideas for possible Design Learning Academy field trips.  Many are free, and easily accessible in San Diego County:

    Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
    Olympic Training Center
    The Living Coast
    Crestridge Ecological Reserve
    Gillespie Field Museum 

    Please feel free to contact me anytime with additional questions you may have about field trips and activities, Design Learning Academy programs, or any other home school related issues.

    John Dunphy
    Cajon Valley Home School

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