Beyond the Bikesheds is one of the few fieldwork books to offer both a succinct review of the evolving range of strategies and purposes available to teachers organising fieldwork and examples of fresh approaches to fieldwork in the school locality.
The book is divided into two parts. Part one describes the potential of local fieldwork: this includes the possibility of giving continuity to investigations by studying changes over time, linking investigations to issues and concerns in the locality, the practical aspects of planning and managing local fieldwork and the scope for integrating local fieldwork with information and communications technology.
In part two the emphasis is on new ideas and fresh applications of established field practices. Recently developed examples of locally-based fieldwork connect local and global issues; these novel approaches ensure that fieldwork studies are relevant to students' lives and support both the geography curriculum and cross-curricular themes.
'Not only is this book covering the local environment, and in doing so enabling students to gain a better appreciation and understanding of where they live... this is likely to prove extremely valuable as a resource for ideas and inspiration' - Reviewed by the National Association of Field Studies Officers, January 2000
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