Informal Learning and Field Trips provides teachers with concrete guidance for creating high-quality learning experiences that take advantage of informal educational environments.
Based on constructivist philosophy and inquiry learning, the author shows teachers how to develop lessons that align with content standards while focusing on the treasures housed at informal learning sites.
The book provides numerous sample lesson plans and activity suggestions and includes information for:
o Structuring field trips
o Developing corresponding classroom activities
o Building partnerships with informal learning sites Incorporating museum-type activities into the classroom when a trip is not possible.
Leah M. Melber, Ph.D. has nearly 20 years experience within informal and formal science education. She holds a BA in Zoology, an MA in education together with a multiple subject teaching credential for the state of California, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California. She has presented widely on inquiry-based instruction and effective methods of connecting with cultural institutions such as museums. In addition to numerous journal articles she has written on this topic, she has recently published a book titled "Informal Learning and Field Trips". She was awarded the 2001 Informal Educator Award through the California Science Teachers Association. She joined the staff of Lincoln Park Zoo in December of 2008.
Foreword by Doris B. Ash Preface Acknowledgments 1. Where to Begin? Planning for Field Trips 2. Active Investigators: Science Explorations 3. Language Alive: Language Arts Explorations 4. More Than Names and Dates: Social Science Explorations 5. 1, 2, 3, Go! Math Explorations 6. An Artistic Eye: Fine Art Explorations 7. Access for All: Everyone Can Go on Field Trips 8. Technically Speaking: Using Technology to Enhance Field Trips 9. Making Your Case: Information to Share With Administrators 10. When You Have to Stay on Campus: Alternatives to Off-site Field Trips 11. Learning for You: Teacher Resources at Informal Learning Sites Conclusion References Index