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Geography: The future of fieldwork in schools

As the requirements for geography fieldwork increase, in what state is this important element of study? Alan Kinder updates us on the latest research findings

Did you notice that 2015/16 was the Year of Fieldwork? For those involved, it was an exhilarating year of celebration – a joint effort between the Geographical Association (GA) and 26 other organisations, including the Field Studies Council, Ordnance Survey, the technology firm ESRI (UK) and the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers.

Its principal aim was to promote the place of fieldwork in the curriculum, including to:

Fieldwork CPD for teachers was one of the most popular and high-impact activities during the year, with around 1,300 teachers attending fieldwork CPD events run by the GA alone.

However, the GA also conducted research into schools’ experience of implementing fieldwork. This is an important dimension of learning for a growing number of students, since geography has been one of the fastest-growing subjects at GCSE and A level in recent years, with nearly 40 per cent of GCSE candidates now taking the subject.

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