Campbell students learn outside the classroom

September 28, 2009 | Leave a Comment

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Campbell University School of Education professors, Dr. Lorae Roukema and Dr. Mary Ellen Durham took their Social Studies methods and science methods students on a field trip to Camp Agape Environmental Education Center in Fuquay-Varina on Sept. 18.

"Our intent was to expose our teaching candidates to the realm of possibilities offered by outdoor educational centers, not only in close proximity to Harnett County, but in such centers all over our state," said Roukema.

Roukema explained that studies have shown students can learn more by participating in active learning experiences than just reading the information out of a textbook.

"We were looking at methods of getting our students up and moving out of our classrooms and into the out-of-doors to actively engage their brains and their bodies in the learning process," said Roukema.

The camp staff taught the Campbell students several lessons including one on American Indians. During the lesson, the group built survival shelters. Cooperative games, soil and water testing lessons were also taught. The group also participated in a low ropes course.

"The ropes course exemplified team building, cooperation and social skills," said Roukema. Roukema plans to keep teaching outside the classroom and give her students authentic experiences. "I want to engage them in critical thinking," she said.

Photo Copy: Ashley Cox is checking out her team's American Indian Survival Shelter while Ashley Tart looks on.

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