In Curriculum outdoor education and field studies
Liaising with international schools in China, Hong Kong and the USA. One thing that comes up time and again is justifying their extra curricular activities, outdoor education and field studies to the education board, the parents, and the schools examination system. They all require not only resources, but taking time away from classroom learning. However for many students experiential learning in the natural environment can be more effective and powerful in facilitating understanding than traditional classroom education. This begs the question as to why most outdoor learning conducted off school grounds are still classified as extracurricular instead of being an integral part of students school life? We think the key factors are: risk, cost, time, understanding & a lack of measurability under conventional examination systems.
Our team conduct in depth conversations with teachers, as we believe the best information with regards to student learning is provided by the amazing people who dedicate their lives to providing student education. The consensus amongst them is simple: they would like their students to conduct more of their research in the real world, then use the classroom to enforce that learning with theory backed up by hard data. To this end we have been, working on a range of field studies programmes for IB and IGCSE.