Issues in Providing Learning Support for Disabled Students Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities

Setting the Scene

Who should read this guide?

Our primary audience is teaching and support staff in geography, earth and environmental science departments, their heads of department, and disability advisers in higher education institutions. However, the principles are equally relevant to all disciplines in which students spend time outside the classroom where the object of study is also the place of study, whether visiting art galleries, participating in a work placement, or undertaking a site visit.

We recognise that the role of fieldwork in the curriculum varies not only between disciplines but also by country. However, although the focus of the guide is on the UK, much of what it contains is equally applicable in other countries.

Disabled students considering taking a degree course which involves fieldwork should find the information valuable in seeing what kinds of learning support they might expect to receive and what kinds of learning activities they may be involved in on a field trip.

Page updated 14 December 2001

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