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Lessons in the field

IB, A Level & GCSE

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.


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Contact Us to get more information on our Geography Field Studies programmes, like our IGCSE River Ecology Program, which is run partly in the classroom and partly on the river.

Starting in 2013 Zen Quest Adventures made it a top priority to designing programmes that could be run in conjunction with IB, GCSE and A Levels. Where entire lessons, student research and experiments can be delivered in the field. We can achieve this by working with educators, facilitators and teachers in collaboration. Where you are more than just our client as we work together, providing the leaders of tomorrow with the best educational experiences possible today.