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Improving geography fieldwork provision and outcomes

Improving geography fieldwork provision and outcomes

 30/04/2024    

 Online   

In this course, we explore how and why it's important to plan for progression in fieldwork enquiries by embedding it into the curriculum, and how this can improve outcomes.

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Overview

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Course overview

Fieldwork is an essential component of geography education and yet students tend to under-perform in this aspect of their GCSE examinations (Rynne et. al., 2020). In this course, Chloe explores how and why it is important to plan for the progression of fieldwork enquiries from years 7 to 11 by embedding it within the curriculum, and how this can improve outcomes. Sessions focus on discussing what effective fieldwork provision looks like, making the most of the local environment and using unfamiliar fieldwork contexts to reinforce understanding.

Meet your course leader, Chloe

 

Supporting research/references

Comments from the 2019 GCSE Examiners' reports are collated in Rynne et. al. (2020) with the aim of improving students’ future performance. There is a section on fieldwork which highlights areas for improvement and specific challenges.

The chapter on fieldwork in the Handbook of Secondary Geography (Widdowson, 2017) explores the purposes, approaches, benefits and future possibilities of learning geography through fieldwork.

Key learning aims

  • To better understand what effective fieldwork provision looks like and how it can be embedded within the geography curriculum.
  • To critically reflect on the use of the local environment and unfamiliar fieldwork contexts to develop your provision.


Expected impact on teachers

  • Increased knowledge and understanding of what effective fieldwork provision looks like.
  • Increased understanding of how the local environment can be used to develop fieldwork enquiries.
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of how using unfamiliar fieldwork contexts can reinforce student understanding.


Expected impact on student outcomes

  • Fieldwork embedded in the geography curriculum will prepare students more effectively for their GCSE exams, increasing their confidence.
  • Students will consequently develop their geographical knowledge and skills and be more likely to answer fieldwork questions well.

Course programme

This course will run as a full day, from 9.30 – 16.00 and consists of three sessions, each focusing on key concepts in secondary geography fieldwork:

  • Session 1 – What does effective fieldwork look like?

Six elements of successful fieldwork across all key stages and an opportunity to reflect on what they mean in the context of your school.

  • Session 2 – Planning fieldwork at curriculum level

Progression in fieldwork from key stage 2 to 5 and how we can teach 'unfamiliar fieldwork contexts and wider fieldwork skills at GCSE.

  • Session 3 – Fieldwork in the local area

Considerations needed when specifically planning fieldwork in a local area as well as a comprehensive range of activities for teachers to try.

Fees

Category
Product
Rate

Default (Online)
Normal
£105.00

Member (Online)
Normal
£80.00


Coordinator

Isabel Richardson

 01142960088

 Email Coordinator


Location

 Online   


Other dates

07 - 21 May 2024