“Human explorations and field trips have continued long since they began –always with a spirit of adventure and the quest for knowledge. They have enriched our every human interest and spirited the understanding of science, art, history, music, and well, you name it! What if Paul Simon hadn’t taken a field trip to a few southern African nations and come home with the musical inspiration to create the marvelous album “Graceland?” What if Darwin hadn’t accepted the position of naturalist on H.M.S Beagle to be forever inspired by the species, both living and extinct, that he saw and the processes (glaciers, volcanism, earthquakes, etc.) that he observed and experienced?” (Medeiros, 2011)

The field study programs at iLEAD provides our learners with that opportunity to become “personally” involved in their learning through these practical field applications and hand-on experiences. It is directly connected with the projects learners are working on at the studios and gives them an opportunity to work and learn beyond the learning space. Field studies can result in greater achievement in all subjects. Real-life application of the lessons and Presentations of Learning in the field extend a learners knowledge and they are more likely to understand and appreciate the importance and relevance of what they are learning.

Field studies provide:

  • Practical experiences – real world knowledge and application
  • Real examples of information discussed in the learning space
  • Interactions from which learners can discover their strengths, limitations, abilities and skills
  • Integration of concepts and information from various disciplines
  • Increased knowledge and broadened understanding of the world and its workings
  • Integration of introductory and advanced principles
  • Extended laboratory experiences
  • Critical thinking and problem solving in a “real world” setting
  • Increased opportunities for personalized learning
  • Appreciation for the natural world, its resources and history
  • Real subjects to study and to improve observational skills
  • Teamwork activities that result in enhanced learning outcomes for all
  • Opportunities for personal growth, maturing of a person’s perceptions and perspectives
  • Increase writing and communication skills – critical verbal and writing skills
  • Enjoyable learning experiences

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