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dc.contributor.authorCoghlan, Alexandraen_US
dc.contributor.authorGooch, Margareten_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T13:35:12Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T13:35:12Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.date.modified2013-05-16T04:07:25Z
dc.identifier.issn09669582en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09669582.2010.542246en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/41055
dc.description.abstractThis paper applies the educational theory of transformative learning to reconceptualising the practices of volunteer tourism. The theory of transformative learning posits a 10-step process to experience a radical shift in consciousness that dramatically and irreversibly alters how participants see their place in the world. Volunteer tourism has commonly been seen as a form of alternative tourism that provides a cathartic experience for the volunteer tourists and benefits to the hosting organisation and the natural and/or social environment of the project. Existing research suggests that these outcomes have not, as yet, been achieved by current practices in this sector. In referring to the theory of transformative learning we note that some, but not all, of the 10 steps have been applied and that we might therefore expect volunteer tourism to fall short of its promises. We conclude that the theory of transformative learning offers a useful framework for volunteer tourism, providing insights into the need to create opportunities for participants to complete the transformative process. We suggest that volunteer tourism organisations redesign their activities to include the remaining steps of transformative learning to improve their product for both the tourists and the sustainability outcomes of the projects.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom713en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto728en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue6en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Sustainable Tourismen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume19en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchTourism Resource Appraisalen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode150605en_US
dc.titleApplying a transformative learning framework to volunteer tourismen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2011 Taylor & Francis. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.en_US
gro.date.issued2011
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