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Case studies

The studies were carried out in a range of LEOTC settings in various parts of New Zealand, with samples of children from years 1–8. The case studies are presented in three sections – before the visit, during the visit, and after the visit. The case studies include teacher, student, and education officer views, as well as the activities in which they are all engaged. The education officer and teacher provide evidence that the learning experiences enhanced students’ learning. The case studies are structured in the following way:

  • an introduction, which includes a description of the context and sample
  • information about preparation for a site visit
  • data collected during the site visit
  • data from the post-visit phase
  • key findings from the case study, including evidence of learning from student and teacher comments, work samples, and researcher observations.

Case Study A: Hands on, feet wet, mind salty

This case study follows the work of a year 8 class as it prepared for, and visited an isolated part of the South Island. It focuses on the students’ work at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, and their participation in a workshop called ‘Supper in the Sea’.

Case Study B: Seeing it for real up close

This case study follows the work of a year 4 and 5 class of students as they prepared for and visited a glow-worm cave site and the associated museum and education centre.

Case Study C: We go to galleries

This case study explores the involvement of a new entrant/year 1 class on a visit to an art gallery. The school the class came from has established long-term relationships with the local art gallery and a local museum.

Case Study D: Sowing a seed for the future

This case study follows the visit of a year 2 and 3 class to an art gallery's exhibition of work by a New Zealand artist. The visit was part of the concluding phase of a planned schoolwide focus on the arts and education outside the classroom.

Case Study E: You know more after going on a visit

This case study is based on a year 7 and 8 class visit to a museum. The visit was part of a three-day camp in a town several hundred kilometres from the school.

Case Study F: You’re the experts

This case study follows the work of a year 3 and 4 class, as it prepared for and visited an art and history museum in a central New Zealand city.

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