"Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more"
by Jay Green, Brain Kisida, and Daniel Bowen
"If schools are de-emphasizing culturally enriching field trips, has anything been lost as a result? Surprisingly, we have relatively little rigorous evidence about how field trips affect students. The research presented here is the first large-scale randomized-control trial designed to measure what students learn from school tours of an art museum.
"We find that students learn quite a lot. In particular, enriching field trips contribute to the development of students into civilized young men and women who possess more knowledge about art, have stronger critical-thinking skills, exhibit increased historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater taste for consuming art and culture.
Jim Lerman's insight:
This was the most frequently read article of 2013 on EducationNext, a right-leaning online publication about education. Somehow, I find that noteworthy. Most of the other top 20 articles laud charter schools, bash teacher education colleges, promote the Common Core, laud technology as a savior of public education, or say that teachers and their benefits cost too much money. To see that the readers of a publication with this tilt find an article about the value of field trips to be the most interesting article of the year gives me a little hope.