Theresa Pryce – Graham
Social Studies Methods
Explain the challenges faced by teachers in the planning and execution of Field Trips for Jamaican children learning Social Studies?
According to Dr. Dave Perry - Associate Professor of Education - College of Education and Organizational Leadership (2004) a field trip is a structured activity that occurs outside the classroom. It can be a brief observational activity or a longer more sustained investigation or project. Field trips in Social Studies is one of the methods that the teacher uses to bring across concepts from the curriculum to students. Students are encouraged by the constructivist learning theorists to be active participants in their learning.
Piaget postulates that the learner must be active; he must be able to construct meaning from concepts taught by the teacher. He is not a vessel to be filled with facts. Learning is much more meaningful if the child is allowed to experiment on his own rather than listening to the teacher lecture. Field trips are one of the most effective ways in transferring information to students. However teachers of Social Studies are faced with challenges in planning and executing field trips in the Jamaican schools. In recent years there have been many talks about the strain on the Jamaica’s economy. The government has made many cuts in many areas and the education sector did not escape. During the past few years we have experienced a drastic cut in education funding. One of the first areas to be cut was funding for “learning outside the classroom” field trips.
There are many times I want to take my students to the museum or to Outameni Experience but there is not much allocation in the school’s expenditure for such “frivolity” as stated by the bursar. It is very expensive to plan these field trips. Many of our students are coming from humble backgrounds where their parents are not even able to give them lunch money much more fares. Students...
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