This method requires a visit to the community or places outside the
classroom, which can provide rich sources for instruction in courses of Home
Science. For example, field trips to the institution working for women, welfare
of handicapped children or a visit to food industry can be very informative for
various courses. The most important factor in planning a field trip is that it
should fit into the teaching plan.
Values of Field Trip
It provides first hand and direct experience of the existing situation, to
the students through observation.
It motivates students to learn as
they have opportunities to examine materials and obtain new ideas.
A successful field trip involves the following stages:
Planning for the Field Trip: The
teacher should visit the place in advance or correspond with
the agency or host about the purpose of the trip and decide the convenient day.
He/she should prepare students by telling them the purpose of the trip and what
information they should seek through enquiry and observation. Students and
teacher should together prepare a list of questions to be asked to the host on
the field, plan for transport, food, etc. Students should be involved fully in
making arrangements for the trip so that they come to know the procedure,
problems and hazards in organising a trip.
On Field Procedures: Students
can be divided into small groups, if the number is big, so
that they can observe and hear better. The host should be introduced to the
group. Students should be encouraged to ask questions. Some selected students
should be given the responsibility of recording the field trip.
Follow up: The follow-up of a
field trip involves writing 'thank you' letters to the host and all
others who helped in making the field trip a success.
Students should be asked to submit group or individual reports of the
trip in light of the objectives of the field trip as set before.
A discussion on the experiences of various students and how they
profited out of the exercise should be carried out in the class. If some
material has been collected, then it can be displayed for all to see.
A well planned field trip can help students in applying the knowledge.