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Assessing fieldwork using an on-site geotest Martin STOKES, Anne MATHER, Jim GRIFFITHS School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth
Talk Outline The field notebook & how important it is for assessment The Plymouth SE Spain field trip A good notebook The geotest: good/weak examples Reflection Scientific evaluation
Field Notebooks A tool of the trade for recording field data! A notebook should be: neat well organised give your location contain factual notes with accurate descriptions include feature descriptions of: shape, size, orientation
Assessment of field data using notebooks
The Fieldtrip Stage 3 BSc Physical Geography and Geology –<35 students Urra field centre since 1995 –on-site geotest since 1999
Pre-trip lectures February (Term 2) –Geology –Geomorphology –Engineering –Logistics & assessment ~10 day fieldtrip End March-April (Term 2 )
Submarine fan feeder channel (Tabernas) Quaternary raised beaches, Macenas (Vera) Aguas-Feos river capture (Sorbas)
Introductory Field Days: Building Confidence and Skills A little lecturing Lots of hands-on data collection and synthesis / evaluation
An example of good field notebook data
The Geotest 1 hour: answer 2 questions
Preparation for the Geotest
Examples of good geotest answers 2. Describe the different types of karst and pseudokarst developed in the Almeria province and the engineering implications.
6. Using evidence from the Tortonian and Serravallian sediments of the Tabernas Basin, reconstruct the palaeogeography for this period.
Example of a weak geotest answer 1. Use field examples to explain what you consider to be key controls on landscape development in the Sorbas Basin.
On-site geotest: reflections Strengths –Focuses students on field tasks & observations –Tests: Knowledge & understanding Analysis, synthesis & evaluation Information organisation & retrieval –Quick return of overall module grade Weaknesses –Unfamiliarity with assessment format –Intensive learning environment Stress / pressure –Test accommodation