Yateley School Year 12 Geographers at the Medina Valley Centre

Jul 7

The Year 12 Geography students from Yateley School, north Hampshire, left the Centre with a great sense of achievement. The students had prepared an initial title for their independent investigation on the Isle of Wight, and once they had seen the field sites and recorded their impressions of the place, they felt confident enough to fine-tune the wording of their title, their research questions and hypotheses, and plan a detailed fieldwork methodology.

The students used the intuitive off-line Polldaddy App to record responses to their questionnaires. This electronic recording enabled the tutors to make the data instantly available once back on-line at the Centre. The students generously collected fieldwork data in small groups using the ESRI Collector App on iPads, that would benefit each other, covering the range of human and physical titles represented.

Everyone was able to benefit from the interview with the Mayor and the Economic Development Adviser in the Meeting Room in the Local Council offices. The students prepared a range of well thought-out questions which were confidently put to the dignitaries who responded to them expertly and at an appropriate level.

Once data had been collated, methodology table completed and limitations of method identified, the students were ready to consider statistical analysis and data presentation.

The group left in the school minibuses to visit another coastal location en route for the ferry across the Solent later in the day.

Some comments from the students

“The tutors provided priceless local knowledge and Geography knowledge”

“The Centre staff were very friendly and helped with anything we needed”

“I gained a lot of relevant knowledge about my investigation which will help me a lot”

“enjoyed collecting data”

” I thought everything was explained really clearly, we were given a good amount of time in the field and in the classroom in order to get everything done”

“I really enjoyed it as the tutors were helpful and really informative”

“the tutors were top notch, approachable and helpful”

and from the staff

“really happy with how organised the tutors were for the new NEA; students got so much done”

“the field course was excellent; the students have worked so hard with you”



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