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Fieldwork is an essential element of geography because it provides students with an opportunity to develop and extend their geographical thinking in the ‘real world’. They encounter geographical concepts and processes at first-hand. Through observing, collecting data for themselves, analysing it and describing their fieldwork findings, students connect the learning they have done in the classroom with the complexity of the real world.

Through fieldwork you can create ‘memorable moments’ for students in their geography education. However, worthwhile fieldwork experiences must be carefully planned. If fieldwork is to provide valuable learning opportunities, you must plan for it to be part and parcel of the geography curriculum.

Start by looking at these aspects of geographical fieldwork before you begin your fieldwork planning.

Fieldwork experiences and field teaching (including management and risk assessment)

A level independent fieldwork investigation

Fieldwork experience (for ITE students)

Reading list for fieldwork