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The educational value of the rural trail:a short walk in the Lancashire countryside

Clark, Gordon (1997) The educational value of the rural trail:a short walk in the Lancashire countryside. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 21 (3). pp. 349-362. ISSN 0309-8265

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Abstract

This paper explores the educational value of a rural trail -a field visit on foot - using as an example a trail in a small area of countryside near Lancaster in northern England. This trail provides those teaching rural geography in higher education with a means of developing their students� skills of informed observation and interpretation of field evidence based on study and discussion on-site. A trail can enhance the appreciation and teaching of conceptual matters such as cultural approaches to rural geography. It also encourages the integration of diverse theoretical approaches to rural studies (based on culture, planning and management) and the simultaneous consideration by students of both local (often personal) details and national (or even global) pressures for change. The paper concludes that the rural trail has considerable pedagogical and academic merit for rural geographers.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 21 (2), 1997, © Informa Plc
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trail ; rural geography ; fieldwork
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 384
Deposited By: Dr Gordon Clark
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2007
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 09:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/384

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