Ticket to Ride

March 3, 2018

Research supporting Field Trips

The Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard posted information on research that is underway about the positive impact of arts-centered field trips. Part of the piece is below and you can access the entire article at THIS LINK.

No reason like the present for planning trips with your students to arts venues in Maine. We are fortunate to have so many learning opportunities that take place across the state that are focused learning in and through the arts. In addition, the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) has funding to help defray the cost of transportation to these venues.

Learn more about the Ticket to Ride program at THIS LINK and apply for the funding to hop on the bus with your students! It’s a fairly simple process – please let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

In a new experiment, we are conducting on the effects of arts-focused field trips—and we have a positive result that we totally did not expect. The study is funded by the National Endowment for the Artsand examines long-term effects of students receiving multiple field trips to the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. The Woodruff Arts Center houses the High Art Museum, Alliance Theater, and Atlanta Symphony, all on one campus. We randomly assigned 4th and 5th grade school groups to get three field trips per year–one to each of Woodruff’s arts organizations–or to a control condition in which students received a single field trip. We administered surveys to collect a variety of outcomes from students at the beginning and end of the school year, and also collected administrative data from the participating school district. We are currently examining the results after a single year, but some students will get a second treatment of three field trips, and we will continue tracking students over time.


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