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What are Students Learning and Experiencing in Field Courses?

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Smith, Cornell University

During undergraduate field courses, students leave the classroom and learn about natural phenomena while outdoors. These experiences provide valuable learning opportunities for students but to date, there has been little research about their effectiveness. This talk will highlight what is currently known about student outcomes in field courses and discuss new ways to measure critical thinking and student affect (e.g., identity) during these outdoor opportunities.