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ERIC Number: EJ1084771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
Teaching and Learning in the Tropics: An Epistemic Exploration of "the Field" in a Development Studies Field Trip
Patel, Kamna
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v39 n4 p584-594 2015
Development studies employs theories, tools and methods often found in geography, including the international field trip to a "developing" country. In 2013 and 2014, I led a two-week trip to Ethiopia. To better comprehend the effects of "the field" on students' learning, I introduced an assessed reflexive field diary to understand what the field trip experience teaches students about themselves and their relationship to the field. In this paper, I present critical reflections on "the field" that speak to a provocative concept--"the tropics". These reflections illuminate prevailing challenges in the study and practice of development and suggest a way forward.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia
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