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ERIC Number: EJ814993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
The Field as a "Pedagogical Resource"? A Critical Analysis of Students' Affective Engagement with the Field Environment
Cook, Victoria
Environmental Education Research, v14 n5 p507-517 Oct 2008
This paper presents findings from research into students' perceptions and experiences of geography fieldwork. The study focused on Year 9 students (13-14 years) from three state secondary schools in urban northern England. Geography fieldwork, depending on its conceptualisation and implementation, has the potential to provide students with a wide range of environmental learning experiences. This paper analyses the implicit values and ideologies underlying the three schools' approaches to fieldwork using Fien's (1993) conceptual distinction between education "about," "through" and "for" the environment. The significance of these underlying values and ideologies to the students' affective engagement with the field environment is discussed. The paper concludes that, while some students engaged with the field environment in terms of their personal values and environmental ideologies, broader influences on the fieldwork agenda were also discernable. These findings deepen our understanding of the implicit values underlying environmental education and highlight a potentially important conflict between the cognitive and affective objectives of such work. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)