Resource Database: Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Title

Student-authored Fieldtrails

Originator

David Higgitt

Department

Department of Geography, University of Durham, Science Laboratories, South Road Durham, DH1 3LE, UK

Tel.

+44 (0)191 374 2487

Fax

+44 (0)191 374 2456

Email

d.l.higgitt@durham.ac.uk


This fieldwork formed part of a second level course in geomorphology (although it could be extended to other parts of the geography curriculum including human geography). While the course aims to introduce and reinforce themes for understanding and interpreting landforms in general, its execution and associated coursework are concentrated in a specific locality. The fieldwork involves students working in teams in an area close to the university to produce geomorphological trails and information boards targeted at a designated audience (upper school or first year undergraduate geographers). The fieldwork sessions last 3-4 hours over a five week period with two further weeks to hand work in.

 

A timetable of class and assessment activities


Week

Class activity

Assessment activity


1

Background to local geomorphology
Introduction to trail design
Definition of groups and tasks
Teamwork activity
Define peer assessment criteria
Establish possible routes
Arrange meetings outside class

 

2

Field 'lecture'
Initial work on trail design

 

3

Trail design

 

4

Group A guides others along part of trail

Teacher assessment of input of individual Group A students
Group B provides written feedback (assessed by teacher)

5

Group B guides other along part of trail

Teacher assessment of input of individual Group B students
Group A provides written feedback (assessed by teacher)

6

   

7

 

Submission of group work
Submission of individual summaries
Submission of peer assessment scores


 

Summary information

Reference:

Higgitt, D. (1996) The effectiveness of student-authored field trails as a means of enhancing geomorphological interpretation, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 20(1), pp.35-44

Keywords:

Group work
Peer assessment
Self assessment
Trail

This is one of the case studies which appears in the GDN Guide "Fieldwork and Dissertations in Geography"


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