Cruise and learn: reflecting on the experiential learning of cruise field trips

WEEDEN, CLARE, LESTER, JO-ANNE and WOOLLEY, JANET (2011) Cruise and learn: reflecting on the experiential learning of cruise field trips Journal Of Teaching In Travel And Tourism, 1 (1). pp. 349-366. ISSN 1531-3220

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Abstract

This article reflects on the significance of field trips for undergraduate experiential learning. Experiential learning is critical to the development of managers as future reflective practitioners, and this case study makes a significant contribution to debate about field trips at a time when UK university spending cuts threaten their future provision. Based on a qualitative study, this article highlights the experiential learning generated by an undergraduate field trip that took place on a 7-day cruise out of Southampton, UK, during March 2009. Students reflect upon their learning experiences, both personal and professional, and their perceptions of the value of such learning experiences for their knowledge and understanding of cruise management. The article also discusses associated benefits of field trips, such as student self-development, the facilitation of group cohesion, and the marketing opportunities for educational institutions. The implications of the findings are useful for educators as well as the wider cruise community.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: experiential learning; cruise; field trip; tourism and travel
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N890 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management not elsewhere classified
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L312 Travel and Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N860 Tourism Management
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/15313220.2011.624404
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Service Management
Faculty of Education and Sport
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 15:23
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2013 16:18
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9322

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