Field-Based Learning



We covered a lot of ground in a short time, but stayed focused on a few themes - climate change, agriculture, and international development. These topics formed the lens through which we looked as we traveled about the country. The program included conversations with farmers, indigenous people, and researchers, and material was always presented from many points of view. Coming out of this experience I gained a deep appreciation for and connection to the communities we visited, and an understanding of how their livelihoods are at risk from a changing climate. The field-study presented these topics in a unique way: students were exposed to the subject firsthand, provided opportunities to observe and inquire, and then asked the hard questions that allow the student to develop their own conclusions. This style of program made for a deeply meaningful field-study.
— Ezra Fradkin, Agricultural Adaptations to Climate Change, Sterling College