Enhancing wildlife education through mindfulness

Woods, Barbara, and Moscardo, Gianna (2003) Enhancing wildlife education through mindfulness. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 19. pp. 97-108.

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In recent decades there has been an increase in opportunities for people to view wildlife in tourism settings such as wildlife tours, national parks and captive environments such as zoos. This in turn has provided increasing opportunities to educate people of all ages about the value of wildlife and their habitats. One concept useful for enhancing learning is that of mindfulness. This concept suggests characteristics of interpretation that attract and sustain the focused attention of visitors. Using open-ended descriptions of best wildlife experiences from 790 respondents, this study found that 84 percent of descriptions contained at least one element consistent with the mindfulness concept. This paper argues that a mindfulness model can be used to understand visitor responses to wildlife tourism and direct the design of experiences that enhance learning and enjoyment.

Item ID: 5925
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0814-0626
Keywords: mindfulness; tourism; wildlife education
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Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2010 22:42
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 > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 100%
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