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NETC believes that the promise of Educational Travel extends far beyond
sightseeing and touring. We have worked with educators and experts in
contemporary teaching methods to develop an experiential approach
to our programs that encourages exploration, presents intellectual
challenges, and creates an empowering learning experience.
We call our approach LEAP! (Learning by Exploring & Actively Participating).
Grounded in the widely accepted theory of multiple intelligences and the
philosophy of constructivism, it challenges students on both academic
and cognitive levels. NETC Tour Directors are thoroughly trained to
apply these methods in the field. They use constantly varying
techniques to accommodate different learning styles and
create a comfortable, inclusive environment.
LEAP's profound impact is rooted in the fact that students learn best when
they are fully engaged. LEAP incorporates activities such as role-plays,
debates, reenactments, and discussions that transform students into
active participants, while immersing them in local history and
culture. Our Tour Directors act more as cultural mediators,
turning foreign countries into constructivist classrooms.
The theory of multiple intelligences; the philosophy of constructivism; and the synthesis of transmission, transaction, and transformation approaches form the basis of modern teaching strategies. While well understood and widely used, little evidence suggests the successful employment of these methods outside
the classroom environment.
Working with NETC, we developed
the Learning by Exploring and Actively Participating (LEAP) approach with the objective of applying contemporary teaching methodologies to the nontraditional environments typically encountered during international educational travel: on long bus rides, inside museums, on city sightseeing walks, or during other travel-related activities.
LEAP, NETC's experiential approach, indeed represents a great "leap" forward in the educational potential of student tours.
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