Fieldwork is the scientific study done away from the classroom where students use the environment as a laboratory to; observe, record, and interpret for themselves the realities of man and his environment
the following is the importance of fieldwork in geography and other subjects
- It enables a geographer to find out the changing patterns on the earth’s surface i.e. in terms of landform evolution and land use patterns given the fact that geography is a dynamic subject.
- It makes Geography real whereby one is able to compare information acquired from textbooks and the information existing on the ground
- It helps a geographer to get local examples directly in the field rather than relying on the theory from textbooks.
- Fieldwork also helps students gain geographical skills e.g. Observation, recording, sample, sampling and sketching etc
- It also breaks down the monotony of the same place or classroom where students conduct their geography lessons
- It equips students with research methods that are relevant not only to the secondary level but all throughout the training process.
- By carrying out fieldwork, the students are in the position to establish the relationship between human activities and the physical environment
- It builds a student’s attitude and values of the judgment