Garner, L. C., & Gallo, M. A. (2005) Finding 1

When deciding between a physical or a virtual field trip for undergraduate college students, if both situations take students through a series of interactive experiences designed and controlled to maximize learning, consider:

  • Either choice results in similar achievement scores;
  • No significant differences are identified relative to learning styles;
  • A field trip experience does not significantly impact non-science majors’ attitudes towards science, which means teachers might have to apply other more interesting classroom activities to engage the non-science major students other than having them devote time to a fieldtrip not directly related to their major.

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