Views on the incorporation of Geolocation Devices in Field Trips

Keywords: Geolocation devices, security, GPS, autonomy


Introduction. Some outdoor activities may have been self-constrained due to the fear of students getting lost. It is a limitation for the school staff and a constraint for students. However, few studies have been developed regarding the possibilities of geolocation as a solution. Aim. The study aims to explore this brand-new issue that could benefit the management of field trips. The study was developed from a mixed-method perspective with a sample of 51 members of an educational community. Methodology. The methodology included surveys to analyze the level of students’ autonomy and the views on security by parents, teachers, directive team, and students with the possibility of incorporating these devices. Results. Show that using geolocation devices in field trips improves the sense of security and allows students to develop autonomous skills. Conclusion. Geolocation in field trips has great potential, but it is an understudied field that needs more research and discussion to ensure data privacy.  

Author Biographies

Marta Magallón, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education, is a Primary school teacher graduated in the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2019. She is currently teaching English and Content and Language Integrated Learning lessons in a Catalan school. Her lines of work have been around the topic of education and technologies and the use of devices and apps in educational organisations.

Cristina Mercader, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her area of expertise is about digital technologies and their integration to teaching and educational centres from an organisational point of view. She has been a Primary school teacher since 2010 and a University teacher since 2014. Her current lines of work include assessment and teaching and digital technologies in education.


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Magallón, M., & Mercader, C. (2022). Views on the incorporation of Geolocation Devices in Field Trips. Revista Electrónica Educare, 26(1), 1-16.
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