A critical incident analysis of inclusive fieldwork with students as co-researchers

Collins, Trevor D.; Atchison, Christopher L. and Whitmeyer, Steven J. (2022). A critical incident analysis of inclusive fieldwork with students as co-researchers. Journal of Geography in Higher Education (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2022.2122029

Abstract

This paper presents findings from a collaborative research project with students and lecturers that explored the integration of technology to enhance accessibility and inclusion in fieldwork education. The project set out to involve students as co-researchers to broaden the insights of the research team, and purposely included the diverse perspectives and experiences of students and lecturers with physical-mobility disabilities. Through analysing three critical incidents from two residential field trips, we developed a set of practical recommendations for using technology to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities in field courses. Reflecting on this study and the process of engaging with students as co-researchers, we offer recommendations for implementing equitable and inclusive fieldwork and working collaboratively with students to develop inclusive field experiences.

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