Title of submission
Field trip report
Field trip report
Going on field trips offers students a unique cultural learning experience. It allows students to be involved in new environments, key to encouraging curiosity about a given subject. It is also valuable as an exercise in broadening a student's understanding of the world and their place in it.
The purpose of the trip is usually observation for education, non-experimental research or to provide students with experiences outside their everyday activities, such as going camping with teachers and their classmates. The aim of this research is to observe the subject in its natural state and possibly collect samples. It is seen that more-advantaged children may have already experienced cultural institutions outside of school, and field trips provide a common ground with more-advantaged and less-advantaged children to have some of the same cultural experiences in the arts.
Field trips are most often done in 3 steps: preparation, activities and follow-up activity. Preparation applies to both the student and the teacher. Teachers often take the time to learn about the destination and the subject before the trip. Activities that happen on the field trips often include: lectures, tours, worksheets, videos and demonstrations. Follow-up activities are generally discussions that occur in the classroom once the field trip is completed.
ADVANTAGES OF CONDUCTING FIELD TRIP
Every student comes to the classroom with a different world experience. We know that students who have been exposed to many different things do better in school. In order to be successful readers, students need to relate what they read to what they've experienced. To think broadly students need to have a variety of experiences. There are a number of significant benefits.
Real World Learning
As teachers, a field trip is one of the best tools that we can use to provide every student with real-world experiences. Whether that's a trip to the local grocery store, waterfront park, a library, a museum, a theater, a community garden or a restaurant, each experience that a student participates in contributes to their understanding of the world.
When students leave the classroom, they see the connections between what is happening at school and in the ‘real-world’. They begin to see that what they learn within the walls of the classroom can help them solve the problems they see in the world around them and can have a direct impact on who they become as people.
Students are able to access tools and environments that are not available at school. Our communities are rich learning laboratories. Field trips make it possible to take students to see an underwater ecosystem at an aquarium, participate in citizen science in a river, use high powered microscopes, see and touch historical artifacts in person and present on a public stage among hundreds of other things. Each experience solidifies learning and supports important academic concepts.
Socio - Emotional Growth
Students who go on field trips become more empathetic and tolerant. A study conducted by the University of Arkansas found that students that participate in a field trip to an art museum show increased empathy, tolerance and critical thinking skills. Studying art gives students a chance to think about a topic or theme from a different perspective.
Field based learning increases test scores. A recent study by Emilyn Ruble Whitesell showed that middle school students who participate in science field trips through the Urban Advantage program score better on the state science test. Field trips and hands on learning make concepts more memorable. Just think back to what you learned in school, the field trips you took, and what you learned on them are still some of the clearest concepts.
Additionally, field trips are important because students are able to engage with content in a variety of ways. Concepts are presented through all different media and different modalities, so students who struggle with traditional learning can feel smart and confident. They are able to access the content better when they can learn holistically. When they return to school, the trip that they took can serve as a touchpoint for an entire unit.
Some of our students worlds are so small, but the community that each child lives in is an incredible resource for broadening it. Within each student’s city or region, there are people and places that students can access that cannot be replicated by the Internet or in the classroom. This multisensory learning experience can bring one dimensional lessons to life and create enthusiasm for a subject that is hard to replicate through other media. As teachers, it’s our duty to make that possible.
ADVANTAGES OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION IN FIELD TRIP
There has been a paradigm shift in the teaching methods used by the present day trainers. The mostly used and abused method of training namely the ‘Lecture Method’ is not the only method used now days by the trainers.the choice of methods adopted depends upon the objectives,the entry behaviour, the resources available and the entry behaviour of the trainee and so on. However, one of the method available is known as ‘Educational Tour or a Field Trip’.
An Educational Tour or A Field Trip is a visit to a place away from their normal place of study. The purpose of this trip is to provide students an experience outside the class rooms or labs. It also provides an opportunity non experimental research and helps bring all the students to a common platform irrespective of their social, economic & cultural background.
While on an educational tour/field trip a student gets to experience first-hand the concepts which help in long term retention of the knowledge. If the class room teaching is followed up by a field trip, it helps in clearing the concepts & results in more effective learning. It also helps in application of ideas, theories & knowledge which ensure competence. Discussing during the trip help the students to find solutions to real life problems and makes them innovative. Field trips helps erase pressure the boredom & monotony of having to attend a lecture. It is fun way of learning & makes it more enjoyable.
While on an educational tour/field trip students have the opportunity to have lively discussion in an informal set up. Experience gathered during a field trip to vineyards, hotels, tourist places, factories, breweries etc. are of immense benefit to students and help make learning fun and long lasting.
Educational Tour/Field Trips also provide an opportunity to students to evolve and be on their own which helps make them independent Interactions with people outside helps improve communication skills and makes them more accommodating. The educational tour/field trip helps in developing overall personality of students.
Kuthira Malika or Puthenmalika Palace is a two-storied palace built by Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma on the South-Eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvanathapuram. The palace is named as Kuthira Malika or Mansion of Horses as it has 122 smiling wooden horses on its exterior walls. It is a fine instance of traditional Kerala architecture and is one of the most significant tourist attractions in Thiruvananthapuram. There were guides to lead the students into the palace and they explained everything about the palace in detail. The students ardently listened to them and noted the important details about the palace.
Traditional wooden works on the exterior walls of Kuthira Malika
The interior of Kuthira Malika features European mirrors and chandeliers, weapons, crystal items, Kathakali idols, elephant howdahs and other memorabilia. The palace was constructed with teak, rosewood, granite and marble. Elaborate carvings within the palace include two thrones- one is made entirely from elephant tusks and the other from Bohemian crystal. The palace houses the Maharaja’s music room where visitors have a good view of the temple, which was a source inspiration for the ruler. Other rooms include the other music halls, reading rooms, and a library. Noted for the Kerala architecture, the palace took 5,000 workers over 4 years to complete. Although 80 rooms are there in the palace, only 20 are open for the visitors.
On the first floor are rooms that once served as the audience chamber, the library and an alcove that Maharaja Swathi Thirunal used for meditating and for conceiving many of his musical compositions. This place offers a direct view of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple gopuram. The small wooden stair there contains carvings of peacock, elephant and parrot. One of the rooms displays an illusion portrait of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, painted by Svetoslav Roerich. The palace has been visualized in many Malayalam films and is one among the attractive places to visit in Thiruvanathapuram.
Chithralayam, the art gallery was the next visited place. Sree Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma Chithralayam has been set up at Ranga Vilasam Palace to provide the public with an authentic perspective on the glorious past of Travancore. Conceived by His Highness Sree Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma Maharaja, the museum’s collection includes (besides valuable articles possessed by the Royalty) rare photographs taken by His Highness, himself a connoisseur of photography, and other ace photographers like William D’cruz etc. are set in the royal ambience. This art gallery has precious collections of paintings of the royal family.
Lunch was provided for everyone near the museum. After the delicious meal, the students explored the Napier Museum, which is the natural history museum that showcases glimpse of the rich Kerala’s cultural heritage. It was established in 1857 by Maharaja Uthradom Thirunal. The museum has a fairly good collection of exhibition that counts to around 550 numbers. It offers an array of display of artistic, cultural and antique objects comprising of sculptures in bronze and stone, carving of wood and ivory, lamps, textiles, Kathakali models, handicraft items, Koftgari works, traditional musical instruments, a treasure of numismatic collections representing Chera,Chola and Pandya dynasties of Southern India etc. Located right in the heart of the city, this famous Museum, named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1886-1872 is also one among the interesting places to visit in Thiruvanathapuram.
Kovalam beach, located about 18 kms south of the city was the last place to visit. It is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning, massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres. It was in these three places: Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach, that students had a wonderful time. They also did some shopping in the nearby shops.
The return journey began around 6 in the evening. Everyone was filled with much excitement and did not want to go back. Dinner was arranged at Hotel Al Saj, Kazhakootam where everyone relished the tasty food. And finally, around 10:30 the students and the teachers reached the college. From there all of them went back to their homes.
On the whole, the trip was awesome. All had a fantastic time and it was very much helpful for developing the aesthetic sense, exploration skills, imagination, and co-operation in the students. The teachers were also happy that everyone reached back safely and there were no much troubles during the journey. To conclude, the trip was very informative, effective and at the same time memorable. So organizing such field trips will be very helpful for the students to learn new through observation, exploration and interaction.