Monday, August 14, 2006

GTAV III - Fieldwork Fetish

Fieldwork! The whole iHistory project is working towards a historical fieldwork day. But what about geography?

I've been to a couple of fieldwork sessions at the GTAV conference, and have been reminded of the historical and geographical skills that can be developed through fieldwork. We did an exercise: think of all the features and places within a 30 minute walk of your school. I thought of: mining sites, creeks and gullies, shops, land use, housing developments, cemeteries, streets, the school itself, weather. Also, for an older area like ours there aerial photos and maps over a long period of time.

We could focus on doing simple skills like mapping, surveying, measuring...just short activities. It verges on criminal that we are not using these free and local places.

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