5 Limitations or disadvantages of field work in geography

This is the scientific study done away from classroom where students use the environment as a laboratory to; observe, record, and interpret for themselves the realities of man and his environment. The environment includes the things, that surround man both physical and human e.g. the soils, rocks, vegetation cover, water bodies, relief etc.

The following are limitations or disadvantages of fieldwork in geography

  • The whole process of fieldwork is very expensive.
  • There are also likely dangers of hostility of the researcher or students.
  • Absence of trained personnel in the field or area of study.
  • Unpredictability of the changes for instance in weather or security of a given area of study
  • Lack of skills by students to handle the fieldwork process for instance interpretation and analysis of data.

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