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Record number 439629
Title Learning never goes on holiday: an exploration of social tourism as a context for experiential learning
Author(s) Bos, L.D.H.; McCabe, S.; Johnson, S.
Source Current Issues in Tourism 18 (2015)9. - ISSN 1368-3500 - p. 859 - 875.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13683500.2013.790878
Department(s) Cultural Geography
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) education
Abstract This paper applies Experiential Learning Theory to examine learning experiences of UK children during a holiday to assess the potential of holidays as influencing factors in educational achievement and attainment. The paper presents findings from a study undertaken with low-income families who had received financial support to take a holiday through the concept of social tourism. The study concludes that across a range of holiday styles, tourism can provide a context for experiential learning, and that the holiday can help to contextualise classroom learning through relearning. Finally, this form of social tourism, which included cooperation between schools, families, social and education services and social tourism organisations helped to improve relationships between the schools and families, which could be beneficial for children's learning in school. This paper calls for further research on the links between tourism and education.
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