Formulating an enquiry

Fieldwork in geography is all about following an enquiry.

A step-by-step guide to geography fieldwork, investigating sound levels in a typical high street

Types of enquiry

An enquiry is a question that you set out to prove or disprove. A hypothesis is very similar, though it is a statement rather than a question. Both can be either physical or human in nature:

  • physical enquiries will look at natural landscapes, eg rivers or coasts
  • human enquiries will look at environments that are created by people, eg cities or tourist resorts
Physical enquiries
Natural landscapes and processes are physical enquiries
City studies are human enquiries
City studies are human enquiries