Teaching Geographic Field Methods Using Paleoecology
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Field-based undergraduate geography courses provide numerous pedagogical benefits inclu- ding an opportunity for students to acquire employable skills in an applied context. This article presents one unique approach to teaching geographic field methods using paleoecological research. The goals of this course are to teach students key geographic field skills as well as a few more specialized research methods, to give students experience gathering original data, and to train students to write a grant proposal. Specific course activities, including vegetation sampling/mapping, dendrochronology, and lake-sediment coring, are discussed as well as the merits and struggles of designing and teaching a research-based field course.
Walsh, M. K. (2013). Teaching Geographic Field Methods Using Paleoecology. Journal of Geography, 113(3), 97–106. https://doi.org/10.1080/00221341.2013.814704
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