Glossary (Version 8.4)

Previously encountered in prior learning activities.

Fieldwork is an integral part of geographical learning. It provides a planned opportunity for students to engage with the environment – to observe and investigate in the ‘real world’ the geographical phenomena, issues and processes studied in the classroom. It also enables students to explore different perspectives or points of view on important geographical issues. There are multiple approaches to fieldwork ranging from the observational to the fully participatory. Fieldwork can be undertaken in a range of settings including school grounds. It includes ‘virtual fieldwork’ – the use of the Internet to virtually visit a site and engage in a guided geographical inquiry. A virtual field trip gives students the opportunity to investigate geographical phenomena not normally accessible due to distance or cost.