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Geographers regard fieldwork as a vital instrument for understanding our world through direct experience, for gathering basic data about this world, and as a fundamental method for enacting geographical education. The range of international geography and educational experts who contributed to this volume has demonstrated that the concept of fieldwork has a considerable history in the field of geography. They have demonstrated that the theoretical aspects of fieldwork have been interpreted differently in regions around the world, but the importance of fieldwork remains strong globally.
A fresh look at the pedagogic implications for fieldwork in formal education offers ideas both for promoting it in geographical education and for maintaining its place in the geography curriculum.
Preface. List of Contributors. Section 1: An Introduction. 1. The power of fieldwork; R. Gerberg, G.K. Chuan. Section 2: Foundations of Fieldwork. 2. A British historical perspective on geographical fieldwork from the 1820s to the 1970s; B. Marsden. 3. Geography Fieldwork: Tradition and technology meet; J. Stoltman, R. Fraser. Section 3: International Perspectives. 4. Participation in environmental planning as a challenge for field teaching: A Nordic viewpoint; L. Houtsonen. 5. The irreplaceable experience of fieldwork; J. Ostuni. 6. Status of Fieldwork in the Geography Curriculum in Southeast Asia; G.K. Chuan, W. Poh Poh. 7. Fieldwork in geography teaching: the case in Hong Kong; T. Kwan. Section 4: Pedagogic Aspects. 8. Learning in the Field: an experience for teachers and students alike; J. Lidstone. 9. Affective-focused Geographical Fieldwork: What do Adventurous Experiences during Field Trips mean to Pupils; K.C. Lai. 10. Fieldwork in the school geography curriculum -- pedagogical issues and development; A. Kent, N. Foskett. 11. The contribution of fieldwork fo life-long learning; R. Gerber. 12. Trends and developments in university level geography field methods courses in the United States; J. Petersen, R. Earl. 13. Representing spatial complex systems -- geographical education facing post-modern society; A. Vallega.