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Building Science Process Skills, Students explore rain forest habitat characteristics and species diversity during a field trip to the local zoo

March 27, 2015, 4:39:37

2006

DeFina, Anthony V., 26, The Science Teacher, , January, 36-41

This is not a research study, but a report of how one teacher structures his field trip experiences to support his students in acquiring process skills that fall into five basic categories: acquisitive, organizations, creative, manipulative, and communicative. The case presented is for a field trip to the Bronx Zoo. The author provides tasks for the teacher before the field trip, trip activities (including individual investigations and collaborative projects), and a scoring rubric for field trip and classroom group products.

Yes

In this field trip and classroom extensions, the submitted summary cards, crossword puzzles, and the photo essay presentations reflected student achievement. Although use of multiple process skills overlapped throughout the tasks at both the zoo and in the classroom, the success of acquisitive and organizational skills was evident in the students' summary card product.

Descriptive: Case study

Jungle World Exhibit at New York's Wildlife Conservation Park, The Bronx Zoo

No

US

Female

Male

Urban

Formal ed: High school

Engagement

Knowledge

Skills

Formal Education

Forestry and/or agriculture

General Science

Mathematics: Data collection, analysis, and/or probability

Nature of Science: The scientific process

Collaboration

Environmental Awareness

Field trips

High school

Nature of Science

Scientific practices

Youth engagement

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