Have Passport, Will Learn: History Study Tours and Student Learning and Development

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This conference paper was originally published as:

Reynaud, D., & Northcote, M. (2011). Have passport, will learn: History study tours and student learning and development.

Paper presented at the 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Annual International Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. Retrieved from http://www.herdsa.org.au/system/files/HERDSA_2011_Reynaud.pdf

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Study tours provide students with authentic, in-context learning experiences that offer the potential for integrative cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual development. By exploring the students’ experiences from multiple perspectives, this research study investigated how an overseas study tour to historical destinations impacted on student learning and development. The study tour provided learning opportunities in the form of structured and unstructured scenarios which placed students on the edge of their usual learning patterns. The theoretical framework of the study drew upon Palmer’s (1993) integrated learning theory, the linguistic-anthropological etic-emic paradigm (Pike, 1954), Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning theory and Berkhofer (2008) and de Groot’s (2009) construction of History as a socio-cultural discipline. The paper provides detailed findings about how the students’ learning and development was transformed through their involvement in this experiential study tour. The study’s findings have informed the way in which students and lecturers plan, facilitate and contribute to future study tours. [from article]


This paper may be accessed from the publisher here http://www.herdsa.org.au/system/files/HERDSA_2011_Reynaud.PDF.