Children and structured holiday camping: processes and perceived outcomes

Tong, Yixuan, Wu, Mao-Ying, Pearce, Philip L., Zhai, Junqing, and Shen, Haili (2020) Children and structured holiday camping: processes and perceived outcomes. Tourism Management Perspectives, 35. 100706.

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Holiday camping and time spent in outdoor environments are critical childhood experiences. This study aims to identify the outcomes and processes underlying children's experiences of holiday camping. The researchers use the contextual model of learning as the theoretical background underpinning the study. Chinese children who left their families and participated in structured camping trips formed as the research respondents. Several child-centred research methods, including participant observation, focus group discussions, and interviews based on elicited drawings, were employed to study the children's construction of their experiences. Children mainly reported positive camping outcomes, including enhanced interpersonal skills, improved self-awareness, general knowledge and skills, and positive emotions. Negative outcomes including feelings of anxiety and boredom were also occasionally observed. The ongoing interplay of personal, social, and physical contexts works together to generate these camping outcomes. Practical and theoretical implications are offered to enhance positive outcomes and reduce negative ones when children go camping.

Item ID: 64182
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2211-9744
Keywords: Holiday camping, Chinese children, Travel outcomes, The contextual model of learning
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Funders: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC), Ministry of Culture and Tourism, China (MCT)
Projects and Grants: NNSFC (No.71804030), MCT WLRCY2019-010
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 07:48
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 100%
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