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The Benefits of Field Instruction

Many geologists have made the assertion that "Field work is good" and is essential for the training of young geoscientists. The following is a compilation of claims that have been made about why field work has been valued as an integral part of the geoscience curriculum.

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Learning Opportunities Afforded Through Field Instruction

The Value of Field Work in the Geosciences

Attributes of Geoscience Expertise Gained through Field Work

Evidence Supporting the Value of Field Work

But, what is the evidence? It is essential that we provide solid evidence about the role that field instruction plays in the development of ALL geoscientists in order to make the case to deans (who want to cut budgets) and perhaps skeptical colleagues (who may view field instruction as begin old-fashioned, too costly in terms of time and money, and generally not worth the effort).

The Synthesis of Research on Learning in the Geosciences project sought to address some of these questions during its work. The project's Field-Based Learning page sets out the rationale and the research goals for the project in relation to learning in the field. Results from this research are available through a few avenues:

References

Many of the references mentioned here as well as others can be found in one or both of these collections:



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