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The 2002 iGeo - Durban, South Africa

Durban, South Africa - 2002 iGeo


These comments have been copied verbatim in response to three questions. Team leaders facilitated discussion amongst participants. All comments have been included regardless of repetition.

  • What were the strengths of the event?
    • The teams were able to exchange cultural experiences
    • The tasks were rich in nature that we didn't feel too much pressure on the team members
    • The tasks were different from what we have in our country and gave us new insights on learning and assessing geography
    • There was an emphasis on integrated geography and pure theory was not the object of the tasks
    • The event was a challenge to both the participating students and the assessing teachers
    • Well organized
    • Building of the team relationships
    • Team work of the organizers
    • Knowledge and experience building
    • Various fields of study
    • Gifts
    • Encouragement to the teams by organizers
    • The competition was not only knowledge based but has the fieldwork as well where students can show their skills
    • Cultural exchange
    • The possibility to see the places in the surroundings what usually tourists do not see
    • Helpful and kind organizing committee
    • Accommodation near the ocean
    • Good experience in geography
    • Communication with people
    • Living all together
    • Frequent meeting opportunities
    • Team work of students and team leaders as well
    • Skills based student work
    • Organisational care
    • Many nations participating
    • Interesting tasks
    • Great experiences
    • Good interactions
    • A good atmosphere and it was a lot of fun meeting everybody
    • The cultural evening was very nice - we enjoyed it!
    • The field work was very interesting
    • Dorms for students: stimulates contacts
    • Fieldwork exercises: interesting and stimulating issues of connection between excursions and exercises
    • Marvelous atmosphere
    • Enthusiasm of competent organizers
    • Cultural evening
    • Country presentations
    • Good questions
    • Excellent fieldwork
    • Criteria for assessing
    • Friendship and tolerance
    • Excursion to agricultural area
    • Timetable was done perfect
    • Organisation
    • Perfect competition leaders
    • Nice and co-operative national teams and leaders
  • What were the weaknesses of the event?
    • The schedule was very tight, we had little time to get acquainted with each other and get some rest
    • Translation lacking
    • Time constraints
    • The problems (tasks?) have to be more detailed
    • As the students write in their mother tongue the judging could be subjective and other judges can not really read it through
    • Teacher were too much involved in helping students
    • The programme of the event was overcrowded
    • There weren't enough excursions for sightseeing
    • Museums weren't visited
    • National self-evaluation of team works
    • Absence of cross-evaluations
    • Unclear project determination
    • Poor accommodation
    • A lot of programme - not enough free time
    • No impression of Durban (accommodation site too far away)
    • We didn't see South Africa!
    • Some of the exams were silly? and some didn't show any geographical knowledge
    • Quiz required mostly knowledge and little skills
    • Absence of written text
    • Overloaded programme
    • Absence of coordinating body (not the fault of the SA organizers but responsibility of the IGU)
  • How could the event be improved?
    • With a little more free time
    • With a playground for sport events
    • With a cultural evening of SA dances
    • With an excursion more further from Durban - whole day
    • More countries to participate, spread more evenly over the continents
    • More even balance between individual and team work
    • Include written test with emphasis on geographical skills
    • Ask students from the organizing country to assist the teams (1 per team) - this enables you to organize separate activities for team leaders - discuss national competition, developments in geography education
    • Tell students the criteria for assessment beforehand
    • Independent assessors - more detailed marking scheme
    • Provide more resource material for the decision making exercises
    • The accommodation!
    • A day trip
    • All in all it was great fun!
    • One free afternoon in the city for visit
    • More teams should be invited
    • Independent assessment committee should be created
    • There must be one language for solving problems. Students have to know the language to be able to communicate with others anyway
    • Competition has to be for individual students
    • Time consciousness
    • Translation of languages
    • Trophy
    • Putting together a set of rules for the competition and making them available and applicable in all countries. (These should be the same regulations for all competitions regardless of the organizing country)

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