Save teaching outside the classroom


outdoor learningA new outdoor science report launched at the House of Commons warns that there is a continuing decline in fieldwork despite its known benefits.

FSC has published the report on behalf of the Association for Science Education (ASE), the UK’s science education body, working with over 100 leading science educators to produce the report. 
The report recognises the need for teachers to be more confident in undertaking learning outside the classroom and urges the Government to develop a programme of teacher training to address this. 

The FSC’s national network of 18 education centres run science and geography fieldwork courses to inspire and educate 120,000 children and young people each year. 

Fieldwork has obvious educational benefits but also develops skills such as teamwork and helps to build confidence in young people, says the report.  It can also be a very positive influence on young people choosing to study science further or as a career choice

FSC Director of Communications Dr Steve Tilling said: “As the UK’s leading provider of science fieldwork for secondary schools we have been aware of a long and continuing decline in opportunities for young scientists to study the subject outside their classrooms.  We feel that that this means they are missing out on the sort of opportunities that inspired Newton, Darwin and present day Nobel prize winners. 

"We strongly agree with Steve Jones, who says in his foreword to the Outdoor Science report that he fears that science without fieldwork is often killed stone dead.  It would be a disgrace if we allowed that to happen.”

February 2011

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