Field-based Learning in Higher Education: Exploring the Benefits and Possibilities
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Field-based learning in higher education is lacking both in practice at colleges and in research within the academic literature. This study aims to address these deficits by exploring the benefits of, and suggesting strategies for, executing field study in higher education. We surveyed college students enrolled in classes that had a field study component versus no field study component. We found that students in courses with a field study component reported higher levels of motivation than students with no field study component. We suggest nine different field study typologies that could be employed in higher education.