This can be somewhat complex as your students can choose anything as long as it is linked to the specification. There are a few key considerations when deciding if your student’s title is suitable and will enable them to successfully complete their investigation:
- A spatial context within the title
- A genuine geographical issue – where an investigation can seek to provide an answer
- An investigation that is manageable (scale and volume of data collected) but there is sufficient data to make a viable analysis
- Underpinning from a theory, concept, model or process. This could also include a previous academic study on a similar geographical theme / topic. This gives the student a reference point for their analysis.
- A title that enables the candidate to analyse their findings and therefore avoid a descriptive outcome.
It is a requirement that the investigation is derived from a topic / topics within the specification. This should be clear and explicit. Please ensure this is noted on the Independent Investigation Proposal Form (in the top right hand box).
Things to avoid within titles:
- Truisms – titles for which the answer is already known
- Comparisons between places that lead to large volumes of data being collected
- A question that looks into the future e.g. sea level rise, impact of a development, success of a regeneration project (that is not fully completed). These are technically ‘impossible’ to measure.
The Geography Subject Advisor is more than happy to support you with your student's proposed investigation titles. Please do get in touch with her if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org