We have put together some information from previous field schools to give you an impression of what might be your learning environment at our programme.
Benefits of a field school
The Centre for Sami Studies has given its students the possibility to learn more about different Sami regions and communities through taking them on field schools in and around Tromsø. The programme is global in its focus, but it is strongly related to the history, people and culture where it is taught.
On a field trip, students are more likely to retain information when being immersed and involved in visual and practical experiences. This will help students remember, learn and understand the theoretical subjects better.
A field trip helps reinforce classroom materials, bringing lessons to life and it offers a unique cultural learning experience. Learning in the field allows students to be involved in new environments, which is key to encouraging curiosity about a given subject. It is also valuable as an exercise in broadening a student’s understanding of the world and their place in it.
Apart from the academic gains of a field school, educational trips encourage the development of social, personal and study skills. We have observed that students appear to come out of their shell during field schools, becoming creative and displaying leadership qualities.
The 2017 field school:
The 2017 field school trip went to the Márka Sami region in Southern Troms/Northern part of Nordland and Bardufoss and Andslimoen, where the students visited Sami and non-Sami institutions and organizations.
Education was a topic emphasized at this field school, offering visits to the Sami kindergarten Márkomának in Skánit/Skånland, the Sami primary school in Inner Troms and the upper secondary school in Bardufoss.
The students also visited Laila Inga, a reindeer owner at Iinnasuolu/Hinnøya Island. In a deeply insightful and educational way, Laila told about the challenges and opportunities her family face in their daily work with traditional reindeer husbandry combined with tourism livelihood.
Continuing to Skánit/Skånland and Evenášši/Evenes, the students met with the staff at Várdobáiki Sami Centre and the Márkomeannu festival and volunteers working for the Stuornjárga Sámi Duodji Association.
As one student noted, "just as we travelled through the landscape on the excursion, we also travelled through the history, and thus the process of institutions built by and for the Márka Sámi on their historical lands and in their communities" (Amanda Fayant, 2017).
Pictures from MIS Field Trip 2017: