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Fieldwork in an Urban Setting: Structuring a Human Geography Learning Exercise

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan M. Walcott, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Carefully constructed urban fieldwork enriches students' geographic education in ways impossible to reconstruct in the classroom. Geographic literature lacks good examples from human geography of how this might be accomplished. This research extends fieldwork application to the urban setting at a level most appropriate for college students, particularly those in an urban institution. The research question explored concerns the relationship of a city and its suburbs. Students conducted tests of the suburban dependency theory in five different communities in metropolitan Atlanta, using a variety of data sets, interviews, surveys, and other field techniques. Critical factors previously overlooked were size of the community and the role of county government.

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Publication
Journal of Geography 98(5):221-228.
Language: English
Date: 1999
Keywords
fieldwork, suburban dependency, urban geography, human geography