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Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) has a long history of providing enriching and engaging experiences not normally available in a school setting. Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC) was developed from this base.  

These papers refer to LEOTC, as well as general Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC). 

Hill, A. et al. (2020). Education outside the classroom in Aotearoa New Zealand – A comprehensive national study: Final Report. Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd, Christchurch, NZ
The aim of this study was to gain a comprehensive understanding of what EOTC currently takes place in NZ schools, the value schools see in EOTC, and the challenges and factors that influence the provision of EOTC.  

Schaw, A. (2014). Principal sabbatical report term 2, 2014. EOTC to engage learning: Perceptions and actions in New Zealand primary schools 
This report explores current effective practices of EOTC learning across a range of primary schools. The aim was to find how EOTC enhances classroom learning and improves progress and achievement of learners. Schaw analysed feedback from practicing educators about any perceived barriers to doing EOTC. 

Providers carried out self-reviews to identify strengths, gaps, and opportunities for their service provision. The project informed the transition towards a regionally focused funding and tendering process. 

Harcourt, M. Fountain, G. & Sheehan, S. (2011). Historical significance and sites of memory. Set 2011: No. 2 https://doi.org/10.18296/set.0406 
A critique of a professional development course for history teachers that explored how students could use memorials and heritage sites to engage with the concept of significance and how this contributed to developing expertise in historical thinking. The course challenged teachers to consider historical significance in terms of disciplinary characteristics, to move away from the teacher transmission/storytelling model, and to incorporate the key competencies in their teaching. 

Bolstad, R. (2010). LEOTC Provider trends, issues, and themes. NZCER 
This overview highlights key themes, trends, practices, and approaches for LEOTC providers. A synthesis is provided which includes suggestions and tips to further strengthen these areas of delivery. 

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