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Research Action Plan

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Amber Blair

on 23 May 2011

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Research Action plan Careful planning is needed to ensure that fieldwork is effective. The following steps will help you to plan your fieldwork-based research:

Step 1: Identify the aim/purpose of the investigation.
Step 2: Generate a number of focus questions to be addressed by the investigation.
Step 3: Decide which primary and secondary data are needed to answer the focus questions.
Step 4: Identify the techniques that will be used to collect the data.
Step 5: Collect primary and secondary data.
Step 6: Process and analyse the data collected.
Stelp 7: Select presentation methods to communicate the research findings effectively. Step 8: Propose individual or group action in response to the research findings and, where appropriate, take such action Aims and objectives

The aims of your fieldwork represent a concise statement of what you are setting out to achieve. A fieldwork aim is usually expressed in terms such as ‘to investigate…’, ‘to identify…’, ‘to discover…’, ‘to explain…’ and ‘to consider…’.

Fieldwork objectives are the steps you take to achieve your aims. They may be quite specific and be closely related to the methods and procedures that you develop to investigate the geographical issue, feature or process. Collecting data

The collection and processing of data is the hands-on part of any fieldwork-based research. Organising, processing and presenting data

The processing of your data must be done carefully to ensure accuracy. Always check for errors.Once the data has been processed you need to select the most appropriate way of presenting your information. This can be done using graphs, tables, diagrams, photographs, maps and other pictorial material. Make sure that each is numbered and has a caption or title that identifies what it represents. Use colour and make sure that you follow the generally accepted conventions for their use. Present your finding:

The fieldwork report is the final presentation of the fieldwork based reserach. WHAT ARE THE KEY/FOCUS QUESTIONS
In step 2 you need to think of as many questions as you can about your topic. To help, work in groups of four and list as many questions as you can in the box below. Here are some common questions geographers ask:
• What is....?
• What changes have occurred in ....... over time?
• Why is ...... there?
• Where is .....?
• When did ..... start?
• When will .....?
• How does .......?
• Who has ...?
• What are the effects....?
• What action ....?
• Which groups are involved? Identify the data you need:

- need to identify the types of primary and secondary data needed to answer the reserach questions. Select the geographical tools you need:

The nature of the questions being asked will determine the geographical tools needed to collect data
Examples: surveys, interviews, photography, field sketches, sampling processes Coastal Managament at Kingscliff Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of the different strategies used to manage the recent erosion at Kingscliff Beach. Discuss with a partner some focus questions.... Primary Data –
Beach Profile, Dune Transects, Field Sketching and Photography, Vegetation identification.

Secondary –
Background information, Various articles written on the matter, Action Plan (Tweed Council) Geological Tools:
Field sketches and photography
Map sketches (land use map)
Vegetation Transects Coastal management is all about managing human activities along the coastline, with
sustainability the key so that the coast will not be spoiled for future generations. The coastline is a delicate ecosystem and needs to be protected. This involves the public, governments at each level and other organisations taking positive action to manage and protect them.✪
beach replenishment – involves the dumping of sand onto a beach that has been heavily eroded; however, it may not last if heavy storms erode the beach✪
sand dune preservation – coastal sand dunes are a natural barrier between the sea and the land behind and need to be protected. Management strategies include revegetating the dunes with coastal grasses to help stabilise them and prevent erosion, and constructing access paths through the dunes to control the movement of beachgoers
sea walls, boardwalks and groynes – while some may prevent erosionalong the coastline, others can cause problems by altering the beach profile,interfering with the natural processes and making the situation worse
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