A Paradigm Synthesis Of The Relevance Of Fieldwork In Geographic Research

A Paradigm Synthesis Of The Relevance Of Fieldwork In Geographic Research

Innocent E. Bello 1*, Matthew E. Ufuah 2, Momoh L. Rilwani 2,  Adamu T. Ogah 1

1Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria
2 Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria

American Journal of Geographical Research and Reviews

This paper examined the concept of fieldwork and its relevance in geographic studies. In particular, the paper evaluates the pros and cons of fieldwork, and gave reasons why fieldwork is important in geographic research. It was further reiterated that like the laboratory of pure sciences, the field is the laboratory of the geographers as well as other related earth science disciplines because it affords the researcher the opportunity to collect first-hand data and relevant information that may eventually assist in carrying out a reliable research. The stages, benefits and the different approaches to fieldwork are examined. Constraints associated with fieldwork and solutions are provided. It was re-emphasized that although fieldwork is capital intensive and time consuming, early preparations together with a well-articulated aim and objectives, scope and methodology will eventually ensure a successful fieldwork. As a proof of concept, an evaluation of the empirical field studies of Charles Darwin that involved detailed fieldwork in its execution reaffirmed that the field remains a major source of data for any successful geographic research.

Keywords: Deductive, Geography, Geographic Studies, Fieldwork, Inductive.

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Innocent E. Bello, Matthew E. Ufuah, Momoh L. Rilwani, Adamu T. Ogah. A Paradigm Synthesis Of The Relevance Of Fieldwork In Geographic Research. American Journal of Geographical Research and Reviews, 2020; 3:16.


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