Teaching Geography in Secondary Schools: A Reader

By Maggie Smith | Go to book overview

12

Fieldwork in the school Geography curriculum

Pedagogical issues and development

Ashley Kent and Nick Foskett


The development of fieldwork in school Geography

In the English literature it is not hard to find eulogistic references to the benefits of school Geography. For instance:

Fieldwork is the best and most immediate means of bringing the two aspects of the subject (i.e. a body of knowledge and a distinctive method of study) together in the experience of the pupil. Therefore, fieldwork is a necessary part of geographical education; it is not an optional extra.

(Bailey 1974:184)

Fieldwork is not a separate teaching style to be adopted in geographical education, but a sine qua non of all good education through geography.

(Lidstone 1988:59)

Geography without fieldwork is like science without experiments; the 'field' is the geographic laboratory where young people experience at first hand landscapes, places, people and issues, and where they can learn and practice geographical skills in a real environment. Above all, fieldwork is enjoyable.

(Bland, Chambers, Donert and Thomas 1996:165).

Then? Well not quite, since in several parts of the world the tradition of school fieldwork is far from established. For instance, in the USA 'fieldwork is not a common part of the geography education in the United States' (Bednarz 1999:164). This is arguably also true of college level fieldwork in the USA where according to Allender (1999), fieldwork is an elective in most courses because of other reasons: it is expensive, there are legal liability worries, virtual reality fieldwork seems more cost-effective and there is a lack of skilled instructors. A similar story is told from China, where 'it seems unlikely that fieldwork will assume a key position in geography in China' (Zhang 1999:175), and from the Netherlands, where 'class-based study of secondary sources has become more important than enquiry outside the classroom' (Swaan and Wijnsteekers 1999:171).

-160-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Teaching Geography in Secondary Schools: A Reader
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 331

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.