What is compassionate fieldwork?
As life begins to return to normal after a period of unrivalled disruption, you might be starting to plan fieldtrips with your students once again.
With World Environment Day falling on Saturday 5 June, it seems fitting to think about the term 'compassionate fieldwork' and how your students might feel about returning to the field.
At the Geography Association online conference in April 2021 we held an online discussion about compassionate fieldwork. The panel discussed what the term 'compassionate fieldwork' means, ideas for carrying out compassionate fieldwork, diversity and inclusion in fieldwork, the role of technology in making fieldwork more inclusive and accessible, and more.
Read Jon Wolton's compassionate fieldwork blog
Who is on the panel
The panel discussion at the Geography Association online conference included:
- Bob Digby (Chair) - GA Honorary Treasurer, former GA President
- David Holmes - freelance author with interest in digital fieldwork
- Nick Lapthorn - Group Operations Manager (West) Field Studies Council, former GA President
- Catherine Owen - Chair GAISIG, Subject Leader The King Alfred School, Highbridge and author
- Jon Wolton - Senior Subject Advisor, Pearson Edexcel Geography