Field trips as teaching tools in the law curriculum

Higgins, Noelle, Dewhurst, Elaine and Watkins, Los (2012) Field trips as teaching tools in the law curriculum. Research in Education, 88 (1). pp. 102-106.


While fi eld trips are often employed in primary and even second level education; as a pedagogical tool, aimed at exposing students to real life experiences,; such activities are not as popular at third level (Falk and Balling,; 1982; Muse, Chiarelott and Davidman, 1982; Anderson and Zhang, 2003).; However, such experiential learning techniques can be invaluable to university; students by allowing them to engage more with the world around them; and to see a practical side to their area of study. Scarce indentifi es fi eld trips; as a form of ‘short-term experiential education’ and comments that ‘what; students learn and the way they learn it should be rooted in society and in; social experiences’ (Scarce, 1997, p. 219). He locates these activities in the; experiential learning framework, as espoused by educationalists such as; Dewey (1938) and DeMartini (1983). This short article contains an analysis; of academic literature on the use of fi eld trips in third level education and; their potential value in the law curriculum. Law is a suitable subject to; explore through the use of such trips, as lecturers endeavour to illustrate; how the rules and principles propounded in legal instruments and cases; infl uence society and how, concomitantly, societal changes and opinions; infl uence the creation and development of law.

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