Literature and the Wadden Sea

Closing physical field trip

The closing field trip is a counterpart to the Opening physical field trip, and may be used as such, or as a standalone unit. Similar to the opening field trip, it brings students together at a specific Wadden Sea site where they have an embodied and material experience at the site. The main difference between the two is the fact that his field trip takes place at the end of the course, preferably in the final or pre-final week, and is specifically meant to allow the students to reflect on what they have learned throughout the course, and to connect their learning to a physical site. If the course includes problem-based learning, the field trip is a likely concluding point to reflect on progress made on the issue in question. If the course works with a visitor centre or other organisation, the organisation may be a likely place to visit.

This unit may work particularly well with the units on Language and text, Perspectives and place attachment and Mediating place attachment

Suggested secondary reading:

Tuck, Eve and Marcia McKenzie. Place in Research: Theory, Methodology, and Methods. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Tuck, Eve and Marcia McKenzie. “Relational Validity and the ‘Where’ of Inquiry: Place and Land in Qualitative Research.” Qualitative Inquiry. 21.7 (2015): 633-638.

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