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Higher Learning Research Communications, v1 n1 p60-70 Jun 2011

The objective of this article is to understand how the use of fieldtrips can enhance students' educational experience in Tourism and Hospitality education. A total of 23 students who participated in a fieldtrip as part of their hospitality and tourism degree programme were included in this research. A comparison study was conducted among Year 1 and Year 2 undergraduates to examine differences between their perception of fieldtrips and their educational experience. Results revealed two key categories of attitudes: (1) learning towards subject, and (2) interest toward subject as motivational factors through fieldtrips. A key finding revealed Year 1 students' attitude towards fieldtrips as an enhancement to their education whereas Year 2 students viewed fieldtrips as a form of learning towards their future career pathway.

Descriptors: Field Trips, Hospitality Occupations, Tourism, Educational Experience, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Career Development, Student Interests, Comparative Analysis, Student Motivation, Learning Motivation, Lecture Method, Teaching Methods, Teacher Role, College Faculty, Student Role, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires

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Autor: Goh, Edmund


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