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School of Geography

Fieldwork days

Tower Hamlets is an ideal place for Changing Places fieldwork.
Tower Hamlets is an ideal place for Changing Places fieldwork.


We are delighted to be able to offer fieldwork days in East London for small groups of A level geography students on the theme of Changing Places led by Kate Amis.  These walks introduce students to a part of London that has a long history of social, cultural and economic change and continues to change with contemporary developments and engages with practical issues of research design and research methods.  Please get in touch with us if you are interested in this excellent opportunity for your students.

Further support for teachers:

The following resources have been made available to help teachers to develop some practical and replicable fieldwork suitable for GCSE and A Level. The key focus will be demonstrating how we can use quantitative and qualitative techniques to exemplify change in places.

Planning: Setting up an over-arching enquiry question

Setting a robust enquiry question ensures that students are engaged in thinking through what data they need to collect and how they will carry out their analysis right from the start. The enquiry question that we used lent itself to being broken down into a myriad of smaller enquiries which would suit the new individual investigation as pieces of fieldwork and the results of all would come together to share understanding of changing places from an academic perspective.

Methods and data collection

A-level individual investigations

The Tower Hamlets area is a rich resource for A-level individual investigations. We are keen to support schools working on this from 2016. So far we have helped over a dozen A-level groups get familiar with the East End through guided field walks incorporating workshops on suitable fieldwork techniques and signposting useful resources.

The student guide to the A level independent investigation authored by the RGS-IBG and funded by the Nuffield Foundation provides a superb step-by-step guide to all aspects of planning, collecting, analysing and presenting data. It can be downloaded here

Further help

To enquire about our next Tower Hamlets fieldwork day or request copies of these resources in Word format please contact our Schools Liaison officer.

We currently are not taking any more bookings as we are fully booked for this academic year.

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