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'Are there any distinguishable land use patterns present in Croydon's Central Business District?'

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GCSE Geography Coursework Methodology Following on from the Introduction, the question worth asking in order to continue with the investigation is 'Are there any distinguishable land use patterns present in Croydon's Central Business District?' We decided as a class, that Croydon would be a smart and suitable choice of site to conduct our investigation in for a number of different reasons. As we have studied the topic of settlement in depth and everyone in the class seems to have a good understanding of the subject, it seemed appropriate to choose a coursework investigation pertaining to it. Croydon appeared an appropriate area to conduct the field work trip as it is close to our school and easily accessible; it only taking 7 minutes by train from the nearest train station to our school. Whereas traveling all the way to the City would be too time-consuming and demanding. Croydon is also a apposite sized town to investigate as it is not excessively large, but nor too small a CBD to study inside the recommended 1-2 days, but it is adequately large to demonstrate patterns than are able to be associated with geographical theory. The danger risks of in undertaking this study are lower than that for say, investigating river landscapes etc. We also live in an urban area; therefore we can easily study patterns of these regions. After discussing the details of the coursework in preparation for our trip to Croydon, a sequence of our investigation to follow was devised. ...read more.

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Also, using this key allows you to record a good number of several kinds of shops, as the symbols are short and precise yet easily identifiable. The technique is appropriate to the investigation as it allows you to visually assess the placement of different stores such as department stores, convenience store etc by showing their location in the CBD, thus allowing you o make conclusions of where specific types shops are usually situated in relation to the CBD. Therefore it is possible to evaluate the land uses regarding shops in Croydon's CBD, as well as show how the positioning of stores is influenced by how close to the CBD they are sited. To amass relevant data for the purpose of analyzing Hypothesis 3, we performed a pedestrian count. This was yet another easy technique to execute. These counts are taken at specific points in Croydon, which we plotted on out maps by using systematic sampling. We chose our sample to an agreed interval of between each point. We spread our points out systematically so we could get an all over spread of the population around Croydon. The counts were taken at specific points to gauge the number of pedestrians different places in Croydon. Using a hand-held stopwatch, one person in the group tallied the number of pedestrians walking on one side of the street for duration of exactly five minutes at each point. This count is investigating the fact that some areas of Croydon's CBD will be busier than others. ...read more.

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But instead of mapping the land uses, we marked the number of stories of each building on the map. It was a very simple procedure as all that was needed to be done, was the building's number of visible stories outside being counted by eye, and then recorded onto the map. This was done by simply putting the number of stories on the correct illustration of the building. This relates to the initial theory as it makes it possible to compare the data that has been gathered, and we can view the contrast between the location of high storey building and wider, lower storey buildings. I felt the only way possible to get data for my own hypothesis (6) was to compile a questionnaire (attachment 2) inquiring peoples' opinions on the area around them. Whilst producing my questionnaire I took a few points into consideration: * A polite start and finish. * Not too many questions, to not lose interest of the person * Closed questions with easy to record answers so as to not encourage bias At each point plotted systematically on the map I would ask the same number of people (20) the same questions from my questionnaire. I recorded the results by placeing tally marks beside the answers. I used different copies of the same questionnaire so I did not get information about different sites muddled up. Using this particular technique allows me to contrast the views of the public on one area to another. ...read more.

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