Edinburgh Field Class 2013

Congratulations to Lydia Michie, double-winner of our 2013 Edinburgh Field Class photo competition.

Here are her winning entries:

'Ethnography in Action' Category: Students in Action

‘Ethnography in Action’ Category: Students in Action

'Immobile Phones' Category: Edinburgh

‘Immobile Phones’ Category: Edinburgh

The runners-up can be viewed in our Edinburgh and Students in Action galleries.

The field class took place in mid-April and saw 46 Year 2 BA Geographers and 3 staff heading north, braving a week of intermittent rain and gales in order to put into practise a variety of research skills acquired over the last year and a half of study.

These included interviewing a Member of the Scottish Parliament; surveying any member of the public unable to run away fast enough; participant observation of the ‘local’ (tourist?) cuisine; and experiencing an Edinburgh bus tour in the name of ethnography.

'A Mars a Day' Sampling the 'local' cuisine

‘A Mars a Day’? Sampling the ‘local’ cuisine

The final part of the field class focussed on data analysis, ranging from traditional graphs and tables of survey results through to the construction of ‘word clouds’ based on free-text and interview responses:

Word Cloud (Non-Scottish respondents)

Word Cloud (Non-Scottish respondents)

Word Cloud (Scottish respondents)

Word Cloud (Scottish respondents)

The Edinburgh Field Class is just part of our wider three-year field class programme, which includes trips to North Wales, the Lake District, Spain, California and Singapore. All of these trips are designed an ethos of ‘learning by doing’. Or, in Edinburgh’s Case, ‘learning by doing whilst dodging showers and battling strong equinoctial gale’. Happy Days!

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