Geography Fieldwork

A Level

Evaluating conclusions

4. Evaluating conclusions

Produce a thorough evaluation of all sections of your investigation. Here are some useful words when evaluating your conclusions.

A valid conclusion is supported by reliable data obtained using a valid method and based on sound reasoning.

Validity

The suitability of the method to answer the question that it was intended to answer.

Reliability

This is the extent to which measurements are consistent.

Questions to consider

Be objective

  • Have you described every single trend, pattern and relationship form your data presentation and analysis?
  • Have you considered all three sources of error?

Be critical

  • Are all your conclusions supported by the evidence?
  • How have you judged that your conclusions are valid?

Be ethical

  • Is there a statement which details the ethical considerations of your research?
  • How successfully have you minimised the harm that your investigation may have upon the environment and the people in it?