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What is a learning expedition?
ex·pe·di·tion (ekspə·dishən)
1. A journey or a voyage undertaken for a specific purpose.
2. The body of persons engaged in such a journey, together with their equipment.

A learning expedition has several important characteristics:

  • It has a mission: to bring back new knowledge
    (beginning with an in-depth survey of existing knowledge)
  • It is a project that does real work in the real world
    (the community and the world are the classroom)
  • It renders service: to the local community and to the community of knowledge-seekers
    (research is service)
  • It requires teamwork: the "expedition" is both the journey and the group that makes the journey
    (successful teams feature both cooperation and individual accountability)
  • It involves its members in the story of their quest
    (learners are protagonists in their own story: facing problems, overcoming obstacles, experiencing serendipity, and reaching new insights)

The final products that are created should be added to a permanent collection. This can be at a local libraries or museums or  your school's own archives. The work that is chosen to be archived should meet the standards for publication—(publication is the last step in the writing process, and the standard for publication is perfection.

This means that it has no surface errors and that it meets the standards for depth and range of research and elegance of writing that are appropriate for the individual writer.

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