Description

Overview

This project is based on an Urban Fieldstudy. It is primarily aimed at Junior Certificate Environmental and Social Studies students who undertake a fieldstudy as part of their coursework. The project aims to introduce students to procedures used in collecting data for an urban fieldstudy and to provide students with a fast and effective way of presenting their results.

It is designed to cater for a range of student abilities and is well suited to students with special needs as it concentrates on their practical skills and allows them to work at their own pace.The students are required to carry out two interactive surveys during which they learn the techniques involved in data collection. They can later apply this in the field by carrying out a survey of their own local area.

It is advised that the student should follow the suggested sequence of lessons since new vocabulary and skills may need to be acquired before proceeding to the next exercise.

To complete the web based part of this project, 4 to 6 class periods is suggested, although this depends on class size and student ability. The local area study will take a few hours to complete.

Curriculum Addressed

The project is aimed at Junior Certificate students following the Environmental and Social Studies programme but is also suitable for –

  • Junior Certificate Geography students
  • JCSP students of Geography and ESS.

The project addresses some of the practical skills element of both ESS and Geography:

  • Personal observation
  • Maps (reading and working with small scale and O.S. maps)
  • Figures (understanding information presented graphically)
  • Recording/collating/classifying data
  • Presenting information
  • Use of first hand geographical enquiry in fieldwork.

What You Need

You will need a 1:1000 town plan extract for the area to be studied available from the Ordnance Survey of Ireland.

​The site is designed for use by students, however it may also be used as a resource for teachers. The site contains worksheets which may be adapted and other resources for carrying out an Urban Fieldstudy.

Objectives

The project aims to introduce students to procedures used in collecting data for an urban fieldstudy and to provide students with a fast and effective way of presenting their results.

It is designed to cater for a range of student abilities and is well suited to students with special needs as it concentrates on their practical skills and allows them to work at their own pace.

 

Author: Sandra Creagh
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