How do you plan a fieldwork investigation?

When you plan your fieldwork investigation, you need to think about:

  • how to choose the location.
  • physical and human features.
  • what to investigate.
  • how to collect information.
  • how to record data.
  • how to stay safe.
Watch the video to see Ayesha and James plan their fieldwork investigation at the river.

Before visiting an area to do your fieldwork, you need to plan exactly what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.

Looking at maps of the area will help you to decide what you could investigate. This could be human features or physical features – or even both.

Take a look at planning tips for your fieldwork investigation:

A family walking in the countryside is looking at a map of the local area


Looking at maps can help you choose your fieldwork location.

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Did you know?

  • Fieldwork is a compound word made from the nouns: field + work.
  • Fieldwork can take place anywhere, for example in rivers, by the coast, in towns and cities and even in the hills and mountains.
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