"Earthworks 2" is an enquiry-based course book in which varied activities, real life case-studies, topics issues, and work on skills, themes and places are moulded together into a course to suit specialist and non-specialist geography teachers alike. The text aims to develop pupils' ability to think geographically through in-depth enquiry and purposeful tasks. The differing needs of pupils for reinforcement and challenge are catered for through differentiation opportunities provided by the TRB and the same author's separately published "Geography Special Needs Support Material", which can be used alongside "Earthworks". There are four levels of material in each unit: groundwork, framework, building blocks and digging deeper.
John Widdowson was formerly a Head of Humanities, and an Advisory Teacher in the London Borough of Newham. He is author of Hodder Murray's Geography for Common Entrance and Map Skills for Common Entrance, and co-author of GCSE Geography in Focus. The Earthworks project team also includes advisers and teachers from a range of schools.