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Practitioner Perspectives on the use of Technology in Fieldwork Teaching

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During the last decade, technological developments in computer hardware, software and networks, combined with increasing pressures on staff and students, have led to a proliferation of Communication and Information Technology (C&IT) within the Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES) disciplines. This research investigates the role of C&IT within field courses, which in this paper are conceived of as a specific approach to teaching in the GEES disciplines. Through a national survey of field courses, the general level of usage of C&IT in the field was established. This was supplemented by an expert group analysis, which focused on the reasons behind the use of C&IT in the field. It was concluded that most use of C&IT in the field is driven by technological rather than pedagogic innovation.

Keywords: Fieldwork; education; pedagogy; technology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK 2: Department of Geography and Development Studies, University of Chester, UK 3: Department of Geography, University of Leicester, UK 4: School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St Andrews, UK

Publication date: 2007-05-01

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