Presentation Title

What Place is This? Exploring the Power of a Place-Based Assignment in Tourism.

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

As a 3rd year student in the Bachelor of Tourism Management, I have come to the realization that this industry has the potential to foster meaningful engagement between tourists and locals in a variety of contexts. Throughout our studies, we are introduced to tourism as a business with a particular focus on accounting, communications, economics and other subjects that support developing tourism products. We also look at tourism as a phenomenon through the lens of tourist motivations, behaviors and trends associated with the mass movement of people throughout the world. As the fastest growing industry in the world, tourism students are well positioned to participate in creating, facilitating and managing quality tourism products and experiences across a variety of landscapes. As a global industry that is primarily people oriented, tourism requires intercultural understanding and skills to interpret both the tourists and the locals’ connection to place.

Under the supervision of Robin Reid, my position as a research assistant has focused on exploring the value of place-based pedagogy within the tourism curriculum. Drawing on 86 student reflections of a place-based assignment over 4 semesters, results indicate that students’ perceptions of place shifted through a deeper understanding of the history and culture that shapes local landscapes, both home and away. Student reflections also indicated that understanding the multiple perspectives people may have of place, is arguably one of the most important intercultural skills to acquire when preparing students for a career in the tourism industry.

This poster session draws on student reflections to illustrate and describe the value of place based assignment in a tourism context.

Department

Tourism Management

Faculty Advisor

Robin Reid

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What Place is This? Exploring the Power of a Place-Based Assignment in Tourism.

As a 3rd year student in the Bachelor of Tourism Management, I have come to the realization that this industry has the potential to foster meaningful engagement between tourists and locals in a variety of contexts. Throughout our studies, we are introduced to tourism as a business with a particular focus on accounting, communications, economics and other subjects that support developing tourism products. We also look at tourism as a phenomenon through the lens of tourist motivations, behaviors and trends associated with the mass movement of people throughout the world. As the fastest growing industry in the world, tourism students are well positioned to participate in creating, facilitating and managing quality tourism products and experiences across a variety of landscapes. As a global industry that is primarily people oriented, tourism requires intercultural understanding and skills to interpret both the tourists and the locals’ connection to place.

Under the supervision of Robin Reid, my position as a research assistant has focused on exploring the value of place-based pedagogy within the tourism curriculum. Drawing on 86 student reflections of a place-based assignment over 4 semesters, results indicate that students’ perceptions of place shifted through a deeper understanding of the history and culture that shapes local landscapes, both home and away. Student reflections also indicated that understanding the multiple perspectives people may have of place, is arguably one of the most important intercultural skills to acquire when preparing students for a career in the tourism industry.

This poster session draws on student reflections to illustrate and describe the value of place based assignment in a tourism context.