An evaluation of foreign fieldwork in promoting deep learning: A preliminary investigation

Hill, J. and Woodland, W. (2002) An evaluation of foreign fieldwork in promoting deep learning: A preliminary investigation. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 27 (6). pp. 539-556. ISSN 0260-2938 Available from:

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This article defines and evaluates the role of foreign fieldwork in promoting deep learning by university undergraduates of geography and environmental management. Empirical results show that students generally rose to the challenge of predictive-analytical learning to produce grades congruent with their Level 2 results. While some students began to question the acquisition of knowledge and came to realise its provisional nature, others met with considerable difficulty in achieving deeper understanding through problem-solving activity. Understanding was ultimately individually constructed and often assessment-driven. The academic integrity of fieldwork must be clarified in order to substantiate its continued place in higher education.

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Additional Information:Equal co-author. This pedagogic paper was stimulated by undergraduate field trips to Tunisia run by Woodland and Hill in the early 2000s. The challenges and opportunities to deep learning created by a foreign destination were evaluated by means of structured academic field exercises and interviews with individual students.
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 15:11
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