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Brian Whalley – Sheffield Derek France – Chester Julian Park – Reading Katharine Welsh – Chester Alice Mauchline – Reading. Using technology in fieldwork: practitioner’s perspectives and transformative experiences. Enhancement of Fieldwork Learning Project. Change.
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Derek France – Chester
Julian Park – Reading
Katharine Welsh – Chester
Alice Mauchline – ReadingUsing technology in fieldwork: practitioner’s perspectives and transformative experiences
Enhancement of Fieldwork Learning Project
In the last 40 years, what has changed?
In the way of the world?
In people's behaviour?
Internet, computing, ICT
In an increasingly complicated, complex world
Fieldwork can, and should, reflect this.
Problem solving (PBL, IBL) is one way to integrate some aspects of this complexity into educaton
Use of ICT – Web and Web 2.0
Does the 70 – 30 'principle' still apply?
70% exam and 30% CA/non-exam (usually a term paper or essays)
(Gold, et al, 1991, Teaching Geography in Higher Education, Chapter3)
Emergence via Better Alignment Using
Trial and error - how we can provide good learning experiences.
'You know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.’
(Douglas N Adams, 1992)
Photo: Chris Ogle
What skills? Traditional typology
'Professor Snape's' perspective, 'in today's competitive job market, the pressure is on students to obtain a ‘good degree’ '.
(Higgins, Hartley, and Skelton, 2001)
This begs the question:
‘what makes a good degree?’
and thus, how might it be (best) delivered?
What is a graduate in 'topic x' ?
'Emergence' in fieldwork:designing better fieldwork experiencescovering:
Gardner, H. 2007, Five Minds for the Future
Competence – encouragement by challenge and remarks to achieve skills levels
Confidence – promoting remarks to show themselves, and others, their achievements
Critical thinking – which is what we have been wanting all along in 'Thinking skills’, used in problem solving
Creativity – in what students do and how they do it
Collaboration – bringing in team-working and ethics
Commonality – of purpose, to achieve specified (and unspecified) objectives
Curtiosity – being curious courteously (Kipling).
In fact, we tend to say ….
Preferred learning styles, disability,
Prior experience of fieldwork
Maskall and Stokes,
Learning styles or
Physical nature, location and
Features; cultural context;
data Information, instrumentation
Acquisition of knowledge;
Academic and social skills;
constructing knowledge and understanding
Learning(after Beetham 2002)
Using digital tools
Using digital communications media
Using digital resources
Using digital etiquette
Field ------ Lab
analysis and section plotting
Comparison of between-group
results and report writing
Lab. Analysis and Compilation
River Velocity measurements
River cross profile measurements
[ podcasts - digital reporting - vidcasts ]
Report Writing and Submission
Beach and Dune Study
(with key and photos on netbook)
with satellite images
Other reports etc
(GPS + Netbook)
Is now possible
The limitation is now instructors’ imagination
(Not ease of use, battery life, applications etc)
In the field
… lab, home, library ….
DLS, framework model