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ERIC Number: EJ1158079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2146-0353
Student Perceptions of Fieldwork Utility across Three International Field Courses
Rydant, A. L.; Cusack, Christopher; Smith, John P.; Shiplee, Brian A.; Middlekauff, Bryon
Review of International Geographical Education Online, v3 n2 p189-203 Sum 2013
Fieldwork is a critical component in geographic education. This study examines the impact on the development of skills across six field courses, over five years, and among students from three institutions. A survey instrument comprised of 46 questions in eight categories serves as the vehicle for primary data collection. Student perceptions are examined in such conceptual skill sets as personal/self-management, cooperation and independence, managing information and data, teamwork, problem solving, and communication fluency. Results demonstrate the value of the field course experience in a number of key factors (including increased geographic knowledge, greater understanding and appreciation of local culture, and gaining a different perspective of skills management) in each of these sets, as well as institutional differences between students. Analysis also shows that a course with a service-learning component has important impacts. Implications for future research are noted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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