Teachers and successful museum field trips

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2014-04-29

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Mathias, Emily

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This project was undertaken to examine teachers’ approach to existing field trips, including current opportunities and challenges surrounding museums as free-choice spaces. Observations of the literature revealed a lack of successful strategies, including pre- and post- activities and appropriate questioning. Furthermore, the literature revealed a striking lack of field trip resources for English Language Arts curriculum. In order to address these gaps, a website, Open Book Field Trips, was created as a resource to empower teachers with practical knowledge about free-choice spaces and accessible resources to integrate a field trip to any museum with a poetry analysis and creative writing assignment. The resources are aligned with the British Columbia’s English Language Arts Prescribed Learning Outcomes grades 9-12.

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field trips, museums, English Language Arts, pre-activities, post-activities, free-choice space, high school, poetry

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