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Fieldwork Guide

The purpose of fieldwork is not just to map out vegetation or a walking route, or to do a survey of the number of cars on the road. To reach meaningful outcomes, fieldwork uses observation, primary data, and outdoor experiences to facilitate authentic, real world learning. Students exercise their spatial thinking skills and practice collecting and representing data. Fieldwork gets students outside into different environments and encourages them to look at these environments from various geographical perspectives. Fieldwork can be conducted in a single class period or extended over a whole term; it can be as simple or complex as you require. Fieldwork is about helping students observe and analyze the human and physical environment around them; it does not matter if you are in an urban or rural setting, a lush or dry environment. This guide can help you explore fieldwork topics and provide points to consider in setting up or conducting your fieldwork activities.

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Canadian Geographic magazine is an excellent resource for teachers and students. It provides posters in both official languages, such as the St. Lawrence Seaway map, as well as short geography related news items suitable for current events. In addition, the June issue each year is devoted to environmental issues such as wind energy.”

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