Fieldwork for Students in Tourism Programmes: Is it More Tourism Than Learning?

Bianca Sorina Răcăşan
2021 unpublished
This paper aims to provide a general understanding and insight of undergraduate students' thinking and feeling about the stationary fieldwork experiences they attended. In order to do so, at the end of the residential field course organized in the summer of 2019, within a complex which works under the aegis of Babeș-Bolyai University, the subjects were asked to rate several aspects of their participation and involvement degree and to express their opinion about it. After research into
more » ... and satisfaction related to the same topic that showed that, above all, qualitative interaction is the key factor in choosing and enjoying fieldwork, our attention has moved towards assessing firstly students̕ perception of the effectiveness of teaching and learning methods and, secondly, students̕ attitude toward learning environment resources and infrastructure. Data collection and analysis processes employed both quantitative and qualitative methods, from a Likert scale survey questions to a focus group discussion. The latter highlighted not only the importance of engaging students in all sorts of participatory activities rather than in observational ones, but also the highest appreciation for the location in terms of geographical features of topography and biogeographic resources inside the complex, whose value was able to overcome all other compared services and facilities.
doi:10.15405/epsbs.2021.03.02.35 fatcat:rdb3xrgyora3tmkqbb5bygxvrm