A "university of travel": backpacker learning

Pearce, Philip L., and Foster, Faith (2007) A "university of travel": backpacker learning. Tourism Management, 28 (5). pp. 1285-1298.

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Abstract

This study considers the self-reported learning achievements of backpackers. Accounts of backpacker learning posted on the internet were explored to construct a generic skills learning framework. In a second study phase in Northern Australia, 372 backpackers provided responses to a questionnaire on their perceived generic skill development. Skills considered to be important by backpackers were moderately to greatly improved by the travel experiences. Further, backpackers with different motivation patterns learnt different kinds of skills. In many instances, the skills acquired were perceived as relevant to future employment. Some travel is its own kind of educational institution; an implicit University of Travel.

Item ID: 2752
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-3193
Keywords: generic skills; backpackers; university learning; self-report; knowledge acquisition; northern Australia
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Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2009 04:29
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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