Six simple steps towards making GEES fieldwork more accessible and inclusive

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Authors

Anya Lawrence, Natasha Joanne Dowey 

Abstract

Fieldwork is an essential aspect of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science programme curriculums, and a defining aspect of most geoscience-related degrees. At its best, fieldwork offers students valuable opportunities to develop independent research skills in real-world situations, examine analogues for a range of geoscientific concepts, and socialise with peers. It offers experiences that are challenging to replicate using virtual/remote learning. However, at its worst, traditional fieldwork practice and culture can present barriers to access and hostile environments that epitomise the broader equality, diversity and inclusivity problems faced by the geosciences. With the role of fieldwork increasingly being called into question, here we promote simple adaptations that can make fieldwork more accessible and enjoyable for all.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31223/X5VG81

Subjects

Education, Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Keywords

Geography, Geology, Equality Diversity Inclusion, GEES

Dates

Published: 2021-04-26 14:55

Last Updated: 2021-04-26 21:55

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CC BY Attribution 4.0 International

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