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Students and questionnaires

Discussion in 'Geography' started by NickLapthorn, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. I am not aware that there ever were 'rules' about asking questionnaires. It may have been a school or LA policy. To my best knowledge it should be a matter of inclusing it in your risk assessment under a 'stranger danger' type section and giving good guidance before they go out;
    - always work in at least pairs (but not massive packs)
    - explain what it is about and why
    - keep all converstation purely about the questionnaire
    - any other questions that you feel uncomfortable with stop the questionnaire and return to a meeting point.
    I have been conduting questionnaires with groups from KS2 to A2 for over15 years on pretty much a weekly basis and i have never come across anything untoward. Its all about good group and fieldwork management.
    If you would like any help /guidance you can get hold of me via http://www.geography.org.uk/aboutus/committeesspecialinterestgroups/lotcsig/
    Questionniares are a great fieldwork as well as social skill to develop. i hope your colleagues change in rules make sit easier to do rather than harder.

  2. Thanks for the reply. I have never come across any specific guidance. We are very close to our small town centre which we can access in a lesson. We need to be doing more out-of-classroom learning anyway so I aim to introduce this next year. Will just have to fill in all the risk assessment forms!

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