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Teaching Method: Field Trip And Students Performance by projectregards7: 7:11pm On Aug 29, 2021
Students’ intrinsic motivation is necessary to trigger their initial interest in learning. Classroom theories can appear to be difficult if the learners fail to locate the content relevance with real-life scenarios, which greatly affects their understanding of the subjects. One of the most effective methods in learning biodiversity is by having a field trip. Field trip is an effective method to promote learners’ attention, confidence, and relevance because the program allows learners a chance to interact with experts to share their skills and knowledge with the fresh specimens. The concept of a field trip is centered on gaining learning experience through direct observations and firsthand information. This concept is useful to overcome the problem that limited learners’ satisfaction when studying phenomena which cannot be demonstrated or brought into a conventional classroom. The instructor’s lesson plan for the field trip is composed of students’ observations as they collect fresh specimens, as well as an analysis of the data parallel with the classroom theory
FIELD TRIP
A field trip, which may also be termed as an instructional trip, school excursion, or school journey; this can also be a school or class trip with an educational intent, in which students interact with the setting, displays, and exhibits to gain an experiential connection to the ideas, concepts, and subject matter. Field trips could also be seen as student experiences outside of the classroom at interactive locations designed for educational purposes.

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Field trips may be planned for five purposes: 1) To provide firsthand experience, 2) To stimulate interest and motivation in science, 3) To add relevance to learning and interrelationships, 4) To strengthen observation and perception skills, and 5) To promote personal (social) development. Field trips take students to locations that are unique and cannot be duplicated in the classroom. Each student observes natural settings and creates personally relevant meaning to the experience. Interactive exhibits help students play with concepts, activities often not possible in the classroom. Earlier course content suddenly becomes relevant as students assimilate and accommodate new understanding and cognition

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIELD TRIP

Field trips have several advantages connected to it. It is not just a fun picnic. It is stress- reliever and mood uplifter. Here are a few benefits attached to the field trips in schools:-
• Field trips are a fun-filled activity that alleviated the tension of the child.
• Field trips act as a tremendous refreshing activity that breaks the monotony of the classroom.
• Students get various opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge in different places.
• Students can form bonds with other classmates.
• Communication and interaction skills of the students get enhanced in the process.
• In a new environment, students get further opportunities to discover their potential and explore new things.
• Students get to explore the local area and gain information about their traditions and religion.
From a teacher’s point of view, the field trip is a very beneficial activity. Teachers get new resources, and they can get creative with the learning process. Teachers can also include their personal experiences and help the students understand their surroundings and nature in a better manner.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Academic performance is an issue that deeply concerns students, parents, teachers and authorities not only in our country, but also in many other Latin American countries and continents. The complexity of the academic performance starts from its conceptualization. Sometimes it is known as school readiness, academic achievement and school performance, but generally the difference in concepts is only explained by semantics as they are used as synonyms. Conventionally, it has been agreed that academic performance should be used in university populations and school performance in regular and alternative basic education populations. We will point out just a few because there is a diversity of definitions. Several authors agree that academic performance is the result of learning, prompted by the teaching activity by the teacher and produced by the student. Academic performance is “the product given by the students and it is usually expressed through school grades”. Academic performance as a measure of the indicative and responsive abilities that express, in an estimated way, what a person has learned as a result of a process of education or training. Academic performance involves meeting goals, achievements and objectives set in the program or course that a student attends. These are expressed through grades which are the result of an assessment that involves passing or not certain tests, subjects or courses. Academic performance also can be seen as the level of knowledge shown in an area or subject compared to the norm, and it is generally measured using the grade point average.

FIELD TRIP AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Field trip is a study trip taken outside the classroom to obtain direct experience from a natural setting. It is organized to improve students’ interest in learning, for collecting data, materials or objects for classroom lessons as well as to observe objects or phenomena not possible to bring within the classroom. Field trip is a planned exercise taking place outside the four walls of the classroom. It offers opportunity for learners to get firsthand information on people, places and things for the permanency of learning experiences. Field trip is a tour planned by teacher to benefit the student learning process. The trip is planned for learners to experience theory in practice. Using field trip in teaching and learning leads to teacher‐learner interaction outside the classroom. These interactions take place in a new learning environment and result in a meaningful teaching and learning process. The basic technology curriculum requires child‐ centered and activity‐oriented teaching and learning processes. Nowadays it is imperative to use different teaching methods and learning processes as well as strategies to ensure student understanding. Since field trip is a method of teaching used to collect firsthand information in the course of investigation, this will enable both teachers and students to create meaningful and productive learning both on the field and in schools. Field trip can be used as a chance to collect data for later analysis, to generate artwork and stimulate discussions both on site and back at schools and universities in tutorials, seminars and workshops. The use of field trip as a method of teaching helps to bring about an effective learning of Basic Technology. It is of enormous benefit because it enhances the observation of learning experiences in the field of engineering works where engineering materials such as plastic, ceramics, rubber, wood and metals are used. Field trips are an interactive method of teaching which give both male and female students equal opportunity to widen their practical and cultural experience by varying their learning environments.

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