Practitioner perspectives on the use of technology in fieldwork teaching

Stephen Fletcher, Derek France, Kate Moore, Geoff Robinson

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-330
Number of pages12
JournalJOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

Keywords

  • fieldwork
  • education
  • pedagogy
  • technology
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FIELDWORK
  • PHYSICAL-GEOGRAPHY
  • PERCEPTIONS
  • INFORMATION
  • INTERNET
  • COURSES

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