Field practice

Field practice

Types of accredited field practices of Geography department

B-SPE ZE3 Educational assistance of Geography for Primary School (Bachelor studies)

Ze0012 Field training from cartography 1. year/2. sem. Obligatory It is realized on several places near Brno, part of the practice is also a visit of cartographical centre in Velké Opatovice. Focal point of the practice is in practical activities with a map, measuring in a field, orientation in an unknown landscape, working with a GPS devices etc. Practice happens mostly around the training centre on a Moravec. After attempting this course students are capable of:

 

  • Getting themselves to know and to work with basic maps – ZM ČR 1:10 000, 1:25 000, touristic map, thematic maps.
  • Orienting themselves in a map and going through planned route, determining with its help significant spots in an unknown field.
  • Using several tools necessary for terrain orientation – orienteering compass, GPS station.
  • Using the above mentioned tools for thematic mapping.
Ze0026Field training from physical Geography 2. year/4. sem. Obligatory Education requires personal presence on this field practice in selected region of the Czech Republic. Students work with partial entrusted organization, executive and educational tasks (including presentation of processed topics). Main goals of subject practice from physical Geography are understandings of mutual connections between the natural components of landscape and understanding of the influence of natural components or real landscape on its economic and others usage of a man. After attempting this course students are capable of:

  • Understanding relevant part of physical Geography in practice.
  • Describing geographical relief in continuity to analysis of geological map and analysis of topography.
  • Understanding continuities between natural components in a real landscape and are capable of demonstrating them in teaching.

 

Ze0027Field training from social geography 2. year/4. sem. Obligatory Students process in a selected region (seat) complex geographical analysis that is based on a work with demographic data, with processing sociological questionnaire, evaluating of local technical and public infrastructure and suggesting possibility of a regional development. After attempting this course students are capable of:

  • Processing a complex socioeconomic characteristic of an area based on available sources and figures acquired by theirs own investigations in field.
  • Working with various types of maps and data and processing them by various research methods.
  • Using gained knowledge in pedagogy practice (or in a public administration practice).
Ze0035Subject practice 3. year/ 5. sem. Obligatory After attempting this course students are capable of:

  • Working with various data collecting technologies from primal and secondary sources in geographical or pedagogy research.
  • Processing acquired data by statistic methods.
  • Evaluating results of a realized research probe.
  • Getting more familiarized with work of various geographical professional workplaces.
Ze0030Integrated foreign practice 2. year./4. sem Optional Student could participate in several arbitrary foreign field practice continuously suggested by Geography department (more at actual suggested field practice). These practices are about either to areas of close Europe, whose length is 6-10 days, or to areas of distant Europe, whose length is 11-30 days – these field practices has EXPEDIČNÍ character and it is necessary to count with higher financial costs. After attempting this course students are capable of:

  • Demonstrating selected region of Earth in its natural, economic and social connections due to his history and current politic situation.
  • Preparing in advance selected topics related to visited region so that they cover whole spectrum of geographical issues together.
  • Keeping a field diary and with help of some other documentation – photos, film, own resources process development of the whole event.
  • Creating their own suggestions to new cognitive events.

First four practices are obligatory and they are being realized in years and semesters which are specified for them. The only optional practice is Integrated foreign practice. It is also possible to attend it even in different semester and repeatedly. If students are counting with next semester in subsequent Master studies, it is possible – on the basis of passing this practice and accomplishing all requirements – to ask for its validating in subsequent Master studies. This request will be attended positively in case that the credit for graduating optional practice was not being part of obligatory amount of credits that student must have fulfilled during his Bachelor studies.

Students of Bachelor studies can comply by similar method a practice from the Czech Republic. (z české republiky? Na území čr nebo? – kvůli předložce “from”). It will be validated on the basis of a request with the same requirements as a foreign practice. Suitable date is e.g. spring semester in third year after graduating Bachelor exams. Field practice from (opět ta stejná předložka) the Czech Republic are planned always in the end of semester or before its beginning.

This possibility is given because of:

  1. Master degree is just two-year study and opportunity for alternate field practices are very limited due to dates for final state examinations.
  2. There is an opportunity given to students to attend more practices than just these that are obligatory. Praxe, které budou mít studenti navíc se dá opět ohodnotit kreditem, ale jen jako volitelná.

N-ZS ZE2 Teaching of Geography for Primary school (Master studies)

Ze0043Integrated field teaching – Jedovnice 1. year/ 1. sem Obligatory Is realized at Intergrated specialized workplace PdF MU in a village of Jedovnice. This practice is specific because it starts education in Master study. It is possible to register after being accepted into Master studies. Therefore it is important to follow its date and programme on a notice board or on a web of Geography department in advance. It is focused on education. Its practical impact could students notify afterwards during their teaching of pupils or students of Primary School and High School in the same area or during the same or similar activities. After attempting this activity are students capable of:

  • Working with geographical characteristics of selected area.
  • On the basis of practicing, passing experiences with practical activities in the field to pupils or students of various schools.
  • Improving their preparations of suitable activities for pupils and students of various ages during a lesson in field.
Ze0052Integrated foreign field practice 1.year./2.sem. Obligatory 1. Target area – close Europe. Ordinarily Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Romania. Length of practice is 6-10 days. Costs are between 2 500 Kč to 10 000 Kč. Practice is being realized by 1-3 teachers from Geography department according to the number of registered students. Alternative practice is being realized again by walking, water or cycle-tourism. It could be also integrated form with history or biology. 2. Target area – distant Europe and other continents. Length 11-30 days. Field practice has expediční? Jak to přeložit? character. It could be again alternative – integrated with different subjects. This extending foreign field practice is physically, psychologically and financial demanding both for organizer and participants. It could have content either cognitive or explorative. Participants gain deeper knowledge about visited area. Costs are between 15 000 Kč to 70 000 Kč. These events are mostly organized by a teacher or teachers of Geography Department for another establishment, e.g. within events of branch ČGS or for CK. Students however have on such an event the same duties as on other field practices. After attempting this activity students are capable of:

  • Demonstrating selected region of Earth in its natural, economic and social connections and given its history and current political situation.
  • In advance preparing topics related to visited region so that they together cover the whole spectrum of Geographical issues.
  • Keeping a field diary and with help of some other documentation – photos, film, own resources process development of the whole event and give a report about it.
  • Creating their own suggestions to new cognitive events.
Ze0058Field practice – Czech Republic 2.year./3.sem Obligatory To complex included field education belong practice from regional Geography of the Czech Republic and foreign countries in which are applied didactics of Geography. It is not only about getting to know foreign places but also about a way of its choosing in some educational purpose, its preparation and leading and more. 1. form: Trip to beforehand selected area of the Czech Republic by bus. Every year the target areas changes. 2. form: Alternate field practice from regional Geography. It is realized in selected area by form of cycle-tourism. This type is realized on several Primary and High Schools. We can see it also at some Universities workplaces. After attempting this activity students are capable of:

  • Preparing and realizing various forms of field educations focused on getting known of individual regions of the Czech Republic.
  • Identifying and explaining connections between physical-geographical and social-economical characteristics of selected locality on the basis of beforehand prepared information or on a basis of work in field.
  • Keeping a field diary and with help of some other documentation – photos, film, own resources process development of the whole event and give a report about it.

If you hesitate whether go on a field practice or not, look at our presentation.

Conclusion of all field practices is “field diary,” which structure is here for peek.