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Learning outside the Classroom


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A presentation for use at a workshop at Hull University Geography Deparment on 20th Jan 2009

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Learning outside the Classroom

  1. 1. How to be “out standing in your field” (work) Hull University 20 th January 2009 Alan Parkinson GA Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Image credit: Noel Jenkins: Creative Commons
  2. 2. Aims / Menu <ul><li>Learning outside the classroom – ENQUIRY based fieldwork </li></ul><ul><li>Planning: which field to work in ? </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: more than just data </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation: fetch me the scales ! </li></ul><ul><li>Other people’s efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Follow </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation available to download at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. FURTHER RECOMMENDED READING Chapter 18 of GA Secondary Geography Handbook Chapter 10 of Primary Geography Handbook ( and many more GA publications relating to fieldwork )
  4. 4. Good practice ? “It’s the process not the product...” Image: Alan Parkinson
  5. 5. Animoto movies [email_address] Free accounts for educators Can be used for: briefing, outcomes, publicity, parental interest & promotion of subject, and as a form of ASSESSMENT
  6. 6. What OFSTED think <ul><li>“ Well planned fieldwork in geography adds clear value to learning in the subject as well as providing a positive contribution to the wider curriculum.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Follow up from fieldwork also provides very good support for extended writing, numeracy linked to the analysis of data, sketching, map work, formulating hypotheses and thinking skills .” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Enquiry-based fieldwork sharpens and deepens learners’ understanding of geography and the progressive development of geographical skills” </li></ul>
  7. 7. FSC Progression in Levels Making sure that fieldwork is appropriate, but also leaving room for further development. See handout
  8. 8. Showed some examples of student production when ‘off task’... Search for “geography fieldtrip”
  9. 9. Benefit of the local area as a venue <ul><li>Accessible at no cost </li></ul><ul><li>Can be visited frequently to observe changes over time </li></ul><ul><li>Pupil perceptions of their local area </li></ul><ul><li>“ Alternative narratives” of areas </li></ul><ul><li>“ Geo Orienteering ” David Rogers </li></ul><ul><li>(see next slide) </li></ul>
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  11. 11. ‘ IKEA’ (or another cheap retailer) Frames Big or small picture... Close ups... Freeze frames... Re-presenting places... Surveillance... Crime... Positive and negative... YOUR SUGGESTIONS ?
  12. 12. Fieldwork in the School Grounds
  13. 13. “ Over to you” – student based learning... QCA – 2020 Vision
  14. 16. Source: David Rogers’ blog - ibid
  15. 18. Using ICT in Coursework Used to mean.... “ Word processed rather than hand-written”
  16. 19. Data Collection
  17. 20. Image: Alan Parkinson
  18. 22. Image copyright The Sun
  19. 23. Castleton: accessibility...
  20. 24. Field Sketches ? Cheat…. Image: Alan Parkinson
  21. 25. Investigate the ‘accuracy’ for your local area…
  22. 26. RISK ASSESSMENTS With thanks to Paula Owens, Primary Curriculum Development Leader, GA Image by Andrew Stacey (or it could be me...)
  23. 27. Aerial view of area with Google 1
  24. 28. What are the risks ? What action can we take to stay safe? Risk : falling over on bumpy, hard car park surface. Action : walk rather than run. Look carefully. Risk : steep, slippery slope Action : keep clear. Risk : moving cars Action : Look, listen & think. Stay close to adults N 1
  25. 29. Arial view via Google of Beach area to be visited 2 Note the end terraced house.
  26. 30. What risks ? What action can we take to stay safe? Risk : sharp objects and other rubbish on beach Action : check carefully before sitting down. Risk : hot sun can burn skin Action : sun cream and hats 2 Here is the same house seen from ground level.
  27. 32. Parents’ Evenings and Open Evenings – data collection and publicity opportunities !
  28. 33. <ul><li>After the event... </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Picture competition / categories </li></ul><ul><li>Displays of pupil work and quotes for publicity materials </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Modelling’ for next time </li></ul><ul><li>Students ‘planning’ trips... </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ? </li></ul>
  29. 34. Selected slides taken from David Holmes’ slides Field Studies Council Adviser <ul><li>Presentation available at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  30. 35. With thanks to: <ul><li>Richard Meadows </li></ul><ul><li>Rachael Peryer </li></ul><ul><li>Paula Owens & Wendy North, GA Primary Curriculum Development Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>David Holmes </li></ul><ul><li>Images by Andrew Stacey, Noel Jenkins and me… </li></ul><ul><li>Members of SLN Forum, and the Edexcel Ning </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Jamie Buchanan Dunlop / GeoExplorer </li></ul><ul><li>David Rogers for Enquiry Slides and GeoOrienteering </li></ul><ul><li>GTT website Fieldwork section: Eleanor Coulber </li></ul><ul><li>The Sun website </li></ul>