Unit 2 Geographical investigations

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Geographical investigations: Fieldwork and ResearchUnit 2 : 

Geographical investigations: Fieldwork and ResearchUnit 2 David Holmes, Principal Examiner

Aims : 

Aims To appreciate the demands of the fieldwork and research component in Unit 2 To see how your fieldwork can be turned into a useful ‘product’ for the exam Examiner tips for fieldwork – using the right terminology to maximise marks Getting the research right – what should you do?

The fieldwork and research process : 

The fieldwork and research process Choose location Students carry out secondary research, including GIS Formulate investigation questions Design data collection programme with teacher support Work in groups Be critical; anticipate problems Carry out fieldwork, possibly in groups Collate data Analyse results – graphs, mapping, simple stats Further secondary research e.g. census, local press Share results and conclusions – brief reports, presentations Opportunity for review, including degree of success / issues

Refining the fieldwork outcomes : 

Refining the fieldwork outcomes Fieldwork process Assessment / exam focus (1) Planning and methodology (2) Presentation and analysis (3) Conclusion and evaluations

How to prepare – F&R report : 

How to prepare – F&R report Small group working and collaboration Share the outcomes / outputs Mix tasks and activities Put on shared area Revision matrix Plug gaps Be a team player!

Fuller audit of techniques : 

Fuller audit of techniques

Understanding sampling : 

Understanding sampling

Improving the ‘quality’ survey : 

Improving the ‘quality’ survey Lack of care and thought and attention when filling in the scales. Improper understanding of the statements or criteria Statements and criteria which are directly lifted from books and NOT customised for a particular purpose. Use of scale / set of statements which are too basic and more suited to GCSE style of working.

Housing condition survey : 

Housing condition survey

Comparing resorts : 

Comparing resorts

Research in the exam : 

Research in the exam There are lots of that you can use…but get to together a hot picks list (quote URL / organisation in exam) List of local sources, e.g. Newspaper, Local Authority, Wildlife Trusts, blogs / forums etc. Other publications

Fieldwork websites – generic : 

Fieldwork websites – generic Check out some specific websites to support Homework – sort into topic areas and evaluate usefulness

Internet blogs and forums : 

Internet blogs and forums Very useful – can be ‘analysed’ and form part of research process Newspaper blog on ‘Ecotowns’

Additional research…. : 

Additional research….

Know your presentation techs : 

Know your presentation techs

Presentation techniques (1) : 

Presentation techniques (1) Try not to do too much of this….

Presentation techniques (2) : 

Presentation techniques (2) This is much better…… For the exam may have to know what you did and why you chose it?

Analysis tools and techniques (1) : 

Analysis tools and techniques (1) Qualitative Highlighting, annotation, sorting / ordering, précis, filtering, coding / mind maps

Geographical ‘narrative’ : 

Geographical ‘narrative’

Analysis tools and techniques (2) : 

Analysis tools and techniques (2) Quantitative – range of tools Descriptive stats PLUS old favourites if appropriate……

Using terminology : 

Using terminology

Timings : 


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Part ‘c’s (1)

Part ‘c’s (1) : 

Part ‘c’s (1) What are the good things about this? How might it be improved? What sort of mark might you give it?

Review – what to remember : 

Review – what to remember You should prepare your fieldwork and research notes so they are ‘revision friendly’ Get some good ‘research’ done which can be matched to the exam Revised fieldwork terminology and sampling Look at the Examiner Report from Jan – top tips Be prepared for the range of Qs – how, presenting / processing + concs / eval

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