Fieldwork & Enquiry Learning (2) Level 2 Fieldwork investigation based on a problem-solving task / a decision-making task / a hypothesis-testing task / …
What are the examples? U.K. Length of fieldwork investigation report AQA (Specification A)-4000 words AQA (Specification B)-3500-4000 words OCR (Specification A/B)-1000/2500 words Edexcel (Specification A/B)-1500/2500 words CCEA -less than 2500 words IB
Choice of topic for enquiry to be developed by the students with the help of their teachers some possible situations: 1. One general and broad topic for enquiry is given by the teacher and students are required to develop their own smaller scale / narrower scope enquiries with the guidance of the teacher.
2. The teacher brings students to a ‘rich’ fieldwork site in which students develop their own enquiry topics under the guidance of the teacher. 3. Individual students work out their enquiry topics all on their own and then further develop them under the guidance of their teachers.
Procedures of enquiry-based fieldwork investigation 4-5 stages: Planning and preparation Data collection Data processing, presentation and analysis Interpretation and conclusion Evaluation Report
Stage 1 Identify a geographical issue, problem, phenomenon and/or form hypothesis Clarify the objectives of the enquiry Identify the type of information/data that is required Decide on the methods and instruments to be used Prepare for the enquiry Develop the enquiry sequence
Stage 2 Use different techniques & instruments to collect data in the field Record & organize field data systematically Gather supplementary information from secondary data and sources of literature
Stage 3 a brief introduction (objectives, methodology etc.) Process and present the collected data in appropriate forms Test & analyze the collected data and information
Stage 4 Verify and interpret the findings Draw conclusions, propose solutions and/or make decision based on evidence, with justifiable reasons and /or support of theories
Role of teachers Facilitators Give guidance to students (not ‘coaching’) Give suggestions to students on data processing and presentation techniques Give responses to students’ questions giving directions rather than offering direct answers) Mark the reports according to assessment criteria
Suggested content of the fieldwork report Cover/title page Contents page Introduction Presentation of the collected data Analysis of the investigation results Interpretation of the findings Conclusions Stage 3- Stage 5
Appendices (with evidence of students’ work) Bibliography
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