Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

L.J. Lins


The past few years have seen a change in the methods of teaching the tool subjects in the school curriculum. There have been changes in the methods of teaching reading and arithmetic to mention only a few. More and more teachers are using the excursion, or as it will be referred to in this paper, the field trip as a means of enriching and making the school curriculum more meaningful. There are certain legal problems which arise in taking a field trip. Teachers are unaware of these problems until they perhaps find themselves involved in a legal suit. Perhaps some of these cases could have been kept out of the courts if the teacher had some background knowledge in school law and had used sensible precautions in planning the field trip.