Students are Knee Deep in Fieldwork
08 Jun 2018
More than 150 geographers went to test their river sampling techniques at the River Nene in Northamptonshire during a week of day trips. Each group of about 50 students spent a whole day at the river.
This practical fieldwork is a core element of the current GCSE specification in geography.
By taking part in fieldwork, students understand the kinds of questions that can be investigated through fieldwork and learn more the geographical enquiry process. This includes the range of techniques and methods used in fieldwork and how to process and present fieldwork data in various ways.
Carolyn Pearce, Head of Geography, said: "In the exam, students could be asked questions about any of these stages, based on their own fieldwork experience, or they could be asked to apply their experience to other fieldwork examples.
"In order to do this, students need a broad range of fieldwork experiences on which they can draw."