Proposal Title

3.2 Internationalization through Landscape Observation and Reflection: Student Evaluations of Tourist Walking Routes in Tokyo

Presentation Type

Speed Presentation

Location

OM 3741

Start Date

19-2-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

19-2-2018 2:55 PM

Proposal Abstract

Since 2010 TRU students have studied the walkability of Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo while taking Geography 3700 – Field Course in Geography. Students first become aware of the diversity of urban landscapes while on a guided walk through Kamloops. After arriving in Japan, students tentatively select a tourist walking route among a series provided by the local tourism association. The first day students work in small groups and walk parts of their routes to confirm which routes they want to research. The next day students then set off on their own to record observations, make sketches and take photographs. They also evaluate their routes in terms of walkability -- for example, traffic safety, variety of architecture, land use, and places to rest. This material is then used to write a report about the walking route, including recommendations for improvements. This poster outlines my observations, recommendations and suggestions for other instructors taking students on field trips abroad or in the local area, e.g., Kamloops. In particular, it shows how a simple student-led walking activity can increase cross-cultural and community awareness as well as improving the ability to reflect, critique, and make culturally sensitive and place - appropriate recommendations.

Statement

This poster presentation "reaches the goal" of internationalization by providing students the chance to engage in a linguistically different urban landscape from that of Kamloops. The poster also promotes cross-cultural and community awareness, which is a precondition of socially sustainable landscapes.

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3.2 Internationalization through Landscape Observation and Reflection: Student Evaluations of Tourist Walking Routes in Tokyo

OM 3741

Since 2010 TRU students have studied the walkability of Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo while taking Geography 3700 – Field Course in Geography. Students first become aware of the diversity of urban landscapes while on a guided walk through Kamloops. After arriving in Japan, students tentatively select a tourist walking route among a series provided by the local tourism association. The first day students work in small groups and walk parts of their routes to confirm which routes they want to research. The next day students then set off on their own to record observations, make sketches and take photographs. They also evaluate their routes in terms of walkability -- for example, traffic safety, variety of architecture, land use, and places to rest. This material is then used to write a report about the walking route, including recommendations for improvements. This poster outlines my observations, recommendations and suggestions for other instructors taking students on field trips abroad or in the local area, e.g., Kamloops. In particular, it shows how a simple student-led walking activity can increase cross-cultural and community awareness as well as improving the ability to reflect, critique, and make culturally sensitive and place - appropriate recommendations.