Students as tour guides: Innovation in fieldwork assessment

Neil M. Coe, Fiona M. Smyth

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This paper introduces and details an innovative mode of fieldcourse assessment in which students take on the role of tour guides to offer their lecturer and peers a themed, theoretically informed journey through the urban landscape of Havana, Cuba. Informed by notions of studentcentred learning and mobile methods, the tour offers an enjoyable, challenging, rigorous yet flexible form of assessment that can be effectively transferred to a wide range of contexts. Feedback suggests that students are very positive about the tours in relation to other potential modes of assessment both in terms of what they learn and as an experience. Ongoing efforts to develop the tours since they were first used in 2003 are described. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-139
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Assessment
  • Cuba
  • Fieldwork
  • Mobile methods
  • Student tours
  • Student-centred learning


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