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Field trips turn the world at large into a classroom

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

” The rush of field trip day is something most adults remember vividly from their childhood: clutching a school lunch, sitting next to a friend, boarding a bus to anywhere as long as it wasn’t at school. A field trip represented a day of freedom, which offers “students opportunities that are impossible to find in a classroom,” Elisa Caref, the director of education at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB), said in an email.” (more)

Arts-Focused Field Trips May Boost Standardized Test Scores, New Research Finds

Artsy – Eli Hill

“Most people would probably say enjoying a colorful Matisse painting at a museum is the polar opposite of filling in test bubbles using a grey 2H pencil. But new research backed by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA suggests that frequent art-related field trips by students may actually be a catalyst for significantly higher standardized test scores in both English and math. The surprising connection runs counter to previous studies, which found engaging with the arts had little to no impact on academic performance in other subjects. The recent research, directed by University of Arkansas professor Jay P. Greene, followed two groups of randomly selected 4th and 5th graders. Students in the first group took three field trips to the Woodruff Art Center in Atlanta, while those in the other group only attended one.” (more)

More Support, Starting Young Draws Women in Computer Science

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Colleges and universities across the country are hard at work coming up with ways to make the field of computer science more appealing to women. Currently in the United States, universities and technology companies are only seeing women, on average, account for 15% of their computer science graduates and technical workers. There is significant pressure in the industry to raise this percentage; the issue is how to do it.”(more)